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Criminal Division

The Criminal Division of the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado prosecutes all violations of criminal federal law occurring within the State and District of Colorado and handles appeals from such convictions to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Division is organized into four sections: Major Crimes, Special Prosecutions, Economic Crimes, and the Organized Crime Drug Task Force (OCDETF).

NOTE: With the retirement of James Allison, who served as Chief of the Criminal Division for nearly a decade, and as a section chief prior to that, changes were made to compensate for the retirement. Below is a list of Criminal Divison managers (including the changes):

  • Matt Kirsch, Criminal Division Chief
  • Brad Giles, Major Crimes Section Chief
  • Beth Gibson, Major Crimes Deputy Chief
  • Judy Smith, Special Prosecutions Section Chief
  • Suneeta Hazra, Economic Crimes Section Chief
  • Susan "Zeke" Knox, Drug Task Force Section Chief
  • Zachary "Zak" Phillips, Drug Task Force Deputy Chief
  • Stephanie Podolak, Special Counsel to the Criminal Chief
  • Dave Gaouette, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, Crisis Management Coordinator, District Office Security Manager, and Law Enforcement Coordinator
Updated January 12, 2016