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Katie McLoughlin to be DHS’s first chief legal director

Author: Joey Bunch - December 22, 2017 - Updated: December 22, 2017

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Katie McLoughlinKatie McLoughlin (Photo courtesy of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office)

The Colorado Department of Human Services has created the position of chief legal director, and Katie McLoughlin will do the job.

She’s been Gov. John Hickenlooper’s deputy legal counsel since 2015.

“The lives of many Coloradans rely on our programs and services, making our work vital to the health of our state,” Reggie Bicha, DHS’s executive directorm said in a statement. “We created this position to ensure we continue to serve Coloradans to the best of our ability.

“Katie’s work with Gov. Hickenlooper’s office allowed CDHS several opportunities to work closely with her and we’ve always been impressed by her dedication to justice and passion for improving the lives of Coloradans. Katie is the right person to help guide us in our mission.”

Before going to work for Hickenlooper, McLoughlin was a litigation associate for the Boston law firm of Cooley, LLP. Before that, she was a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young in Massachusetts.

Before going to law school at the University of Michigan, she worked for the Sierra Club in Washington D.C. on global warming and energy strategy.

“I’m excited to join this dedicated leadership team in pursuit of its mission to create a stronger, brighter future for all Coloradans ” she stated. “It’s an honor to continue to serve our state by helping CDHS uphold the law and help more families in need.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.