New Colo. Safety Chief Is Former FBI Agent

Jim Davis Retired From FBI Last Month

The new director of Colorado's Department of Public Safety is a former FBI agent who's been in leadership positions during national and international events, including being present for the first interview of Saddam Hussein following the dictator's capture in 2003.

James Davis retired Jan. 31 from the FBI after nearly 26 years. Gov. John Hickenlooper tapped Davis to lead the far-ranging public safety department, calling him "one of the nation's finest law enforcement officers."

As director of the FBI field office in Denver that covers Colorado and Wyoming, he directed the local terrorism investigation of shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi in 2009. He was the senior law enforcement official ensuring public safety during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.

The public safety department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the state patrol.

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