Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Gov. Bill Ritter today nominated former Denver Police Chief David Michaud to serve as chairman of the Colorado Parole Board. Michaud served as Denver's top law officer from 1992 to 1998.


"David truly understands the reforms we are trying to initiate to lower Colorado's unacceptably high prison recidivism and repeat offender rates," Gov. Ritter said. "He is a decorated law officer who will help keep the people of Colorado safe while bringing an unmatched mixture of skills, leadership and vision to the parole board."


Michaud joined the Denver Police Department in 1967 as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks as a detective, commander and division chief. As chief of police, he oversaw 1,400 sworn officers, 300 support personnel and a budget in excess of $100 million.


Since retiring from the department, Michaud has worked as a consultant to the District Attorney's Office in the 10th Judicial District and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.


The governor nominated Michaud to a three-year term as chairman of the parole board. The position pays $91,428 a year and requires Senate approval. Michaud will replace Al Stanley, who was not re-appointed by Gov. Ritter.


The seven-member Board of Parole holds hearings and considers applications for parole and conducts all proceedings involving revocation of parole. The state prison inmate population is approximately 22,400, and about 7,000 people are on parole.