DENVER – Attorney General Suthers announced today that Dennis Ellis will join the Attorney General’s Office in January as Deputy Attorney General for State Services. Dennis Ellis currently serves as executive director for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He will succeed Renny Fagan who left to become Sen. Ken Salazar’s state director.
“Dennis Ellis brings exceptional experience to this position,” said Suthers. “With his extensive background in public service and state government, he will serve the citizens of Colorado well.”
Dennis Ellis has served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment since January 2006. Prior to this role, he served as a senior policy advisor to Gov. Owens responsible for policy oversight of the Colorado departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Public Health and Environment.
Mr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Wyoming.
The State Services Section of the Attorney General’s Office represents and advises the governor and other elected state officials, the administrative parts of the Judicial Branch, the State Board of Education, over 20 Colorado-supported universities, colleges and community colleges. This section also represents the Departments of Education, Higher Education, Human Services, Health Care Policy and Financing, Labor and Employment, Personnel and Administration, Public Health & Environment, the Board of Assessment Appeals, and the Public Utilities Commission.
Suthers also announced the appointment of Nate Strauch as communications director. For the past three years, Nate Strauch has worked in Gov. Owens’ office, most recently as deputy press secretary. Strauch will replace Kristen Holtzman and will serve as media contact effective January 8, 2007.