Paul Aiken, The Daily Camera
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett talks to a reporter at the Daily Camera’s offices on Wednesday about his decision to resign.
District Attorney Stan Garnett is resigning two years into his third and final term as Boulder County’s top prosecutor to take a senior partner position at a private law firm in Denver.
Garnett, 61, today announced he will leave office at the end of February to join the litigation department at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the firm that employed him before he was elected district attorney in 2009.
“After talking about what they had in mind I decided it was an opportunity I would be crazy to pass up,” Garnett said. “I’m now in my 10th year (as district attorney). I feel like I’ve given a lot to the community in public service.”
Garnett sent a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper today informing the governor of his decision; Hickenlooper now will select a replacement DA.
Garnett said law firms began approaching him soon after the November 2016 election, when voters defeated a measure that would have given him the ability to seek a fourth term.
“My third term will be up when I’m 64,” Garnett said. “I love being a lawyer and I anticipate working into my 70s, so I’ve been looking at different options.”