Michael Dougherty


After law school, Michael served for twelve years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he handled all types of serious felony cases, including sex crimes, hate crimes and homicides. He quickly rose to supervisory positions, including Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and ultimately was promoted and became responsible for the management, budget, and personnel of the District Attorney’s Office (an agency with over 1,200 employees), while continuing to prosecute serious cases.

In 2009, Michael Dougherty was recruited by the Colorado Attorney General to head up the Colorado DNA Justice Review Project and was then promoted to serve as the head of the Criminal Justice Section for the Attorney General. Michael served as the second-in-command for the District Attorney’s Office for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties until being appointed Boulder County District Attorney.

Michael has served on numerous groups and committees with projects leading to significant criminal justice reform, such as the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and the Colorado Best Practices Committee for Prosecutors. For his work on a bill mandating improved procedures for eyewitness identifications, Michael received the Innocence Project’s Award for Advocate for Innocence and Justice. Michael has helped establish problem-solving courts and diversion programs to help offenders get back on the right track.

*District Attorney Dougherty is the incumbent for Judicial District 20.

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