DENVER (CBS4)- Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez will step away from the state’s highest court to serve as Denver’s Manager of Safety.
“The Manager of Safety is one of the most important positions in my Cabinet, particularly at a time when we must restore public trust and confidence in Denver’s safety agencies,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said. “Justice Martinez brings the highest level of integrity, a deep commitment to fairness and justice, and a well-earned level of respect from the legal and public-safety communities. I am grateful he has agreed to serve the citizens of Denver in this capacity.”
As the Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver, Martinez will provide civilian oversight to the police, fire and sheriff’s departments. Martinez will take the position on Nov. 1.
Interim Safety Manager Ashley Kilroy will continue to serve in this capacity until Justice Martinez assumes his new role. At that time, Kilroy will become Deputy Manager of Safety.
“I am thankful to Mayor Hancock for this opportunity and for his understanding to make the transition in a way that minimizes the impact on the Colorado Supreme Court,” Justice Martinez said. “For over 25 years, I have worked to ensure the rightful application of the law and a high-level of safety for the people of Colorado, and I look forward to continuing my work within this new and challenging position.”
During this time of transition, Martinez will assist in the search for a new police chief for the City.
Martinez was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1996 by then Gov. Roy Romer and was retained by voters in 2000 and 2010.