Doug Friednash departing as Hickenlooper chief of staff, will be replaced by fast food maven Patrick Meyers

Author: Ernest Luning - November 27, 2017 - Updated: November 27, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper's chief of staff, attorney and former state lawmaker Doug Friednash, is leaving the administration and will be replaced by Patrick Meyers, an attorney and former owner of two Colorado-based fast food chains, the governor's office announced Monday.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.