Attorney General Suthers Announces Staff Changes

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced two personnel changes in the Attorney General’s Office. Dennis Ellis has been promoted to deputy attorney general for legal policy and governmental affairs. John Sleeman, a nine-year veteran of the office, will fill Ellis’ previous position as deputy attorney general for the State Services Division.

“In the Department of Law, we take very seriously the duty of representing the State’s legal interests,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “Dennis and John have my complete faith, and I know they will do an exceptional job for the citizens of this state.”

As deputy attorney general for legal policy and governmental affairs, Mr. Ellis will advise the Attorney General on matters of public policy. Before assuming his new role, Ellis had served as the deputy attorney general for the State Services Division since January of 2007. Prior to joining the Department of Law, he served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and as a senior policy advisor to Governor Bill Owens. Mr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. He replaces Jason Dunn, who recently transitioned to the private sector as a member of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, P.C.

John Sleeman has been with the Attorney General's Office since 1998 and has been the head of the office’s Education Unit since 1999. In that capacity, he provided legal advice to public institutions of higher education, the Colorado Department of Education, and the State Board of Education. He has served as lead counsel on major constitutional cases, including challenges to the state K-12 financing system and the Charter School Institute. Before joining the office, he was in private practice from 1988 to 1998, where he emphasized defense of medical malpractice and insurance bad faith actions.

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, and more than 20 state-supported colleges. The section also represents the departments of Education, Higher Education, Human Services, Health Care Policy and Financing, Labor and Employment, Personnel and Administration, Public Health and Environment, the Board of Assessment Appeals, and the Public Utilities Commission.

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