Manager of Safety Alex Martinez to Join DPS as General Counsel

Alex Martinez, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice and current Denver Public Safety Manager, will be joining the Denver Public Schools as the school system’s general counsel, effective Oct. 2, 2013. Mayor Michael B. Hancock and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg joined Justice Martinez for the announcement today at Cole Arts and Sciences Academy, the elementary school alma mater of both Mayor Hancock and Justice Martinez.

"Alex brought a mix of knowledge, expertise, integrity, and community wherewithal to the Manager of Safety position and used those skills to make the changes necessary to improve what has been an ailing relationship between the community and our public safety officials,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Just as he helped ensure safe neighborhoods for all Denver families and children, I know he will fight for a better future for all Denver kids. Alex has made real, meaningful and lasting impacts on this city of ours, and today, Denver is fortunate to keep a resolute champion who has worked hard every day to deliver a world-class city where everyone matters.”

Justice Martinez retired from the Colorado Supreme Court and was appointed Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver on Nov. 1, 2011. The Department of Safety is comprised of the Police, Fire and Sheriff Departments, as well as five other public safety agencies and administrative support functions unified under Martinez.

Since his appointment, Martinez has worked closely with Chief Robert White to streamline the police disciplinary process. Their strong commitment to fairness and accountability has led to the complete reorganization and retraining of the Police Department. Martinez has also implemented permanent judicial oversight into the Department of Safety’s organization structure by adding a Deputy Manager of Police Discipline to the Office of the Manager.

“Justice Martinez is an incredibly dedicated, talented public servant with a fierce commitment to improving opportunities for our kids,” DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. “We are very thankful for the partnership that we have with the city and for Mayor Hancock’s leadership and unwavering support of our city’s public schools. And, of course, we are thrilled that Justice Martinez will be bringing his deep experience and legal expertise to DPS in service of our community.”

A Denver native, Martinez was raised in the Elyria community, north of I-70 and sandwiched between Swansea and Globeville. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and a law degree from University of Colorado School of Law. He began his legal career as a Deputy State Public Defender in Denver in 1976. In 1979, he went to Pueblo to supervise the Pueblo Office of the State Public Defender. In 1983, Martinez was appointed County Court Judge for Pueblo County Court by Gov. Richard Lamm. In 1988, Gov. Roy Romer appointed Martinez to the District Court in the Tenth Judicial District. In 1996, Martinez was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer as a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, where he served for 15 years.

In addition to his distinguished legal career, Martinez has made deep community-service contributions. He served on the Board of Directors of Servicios de la Raza, a social services provider, from 1997 to 2011. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Reed College in Portland since 2004, and chaired many judicial committees during his long career as a judicial officer, including Public Access, Personnel Rules and Criminal Rules.

“I am very excited to be joining the Denver Public Schools. DPS is showing strong progress, and I appreciate Superintendent Boasberg and his team’s commitment to the success of all our children. At the same time, the decision to leave the Department of Safety and the city was not an easy one,” Martinez said. “Mayor Hancock has provided great support to me and has been a strong leader for our city. I look forward to deepening the partnership between the city and DPS in support of Denver’s children.”

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Posted on September 17, 2013 (Archive on January 01, 0001)
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