Polis appoints Kara Veitch as Chief Legal Officer, succeeding Jacki Cooper Melmed | Legislature

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Kara Veitch is Gov. Jared Polis’ new chief counsel, succeeding Jacki Cooper Melmed, the governor’s office said Wednesday afternoon.

Veitch has become the governor’s chief legal adviser since taking up the post of executive director of the Department of Personnel and Administration since 2019.

“Kara brings a wealth of experience to our legal team and administration,” Polis said in a statement. “She will continue to serve the people of Colorado in this important role, strengthen our work to ensure that Colorado’s legal system reflects our communities, and continue to build a Colorado for all.

Melmed was the chief legal adviser to Polis and Governor John Hickenlooper. She becomes head of UCHealth’s legal office next month

“I enjoyed working with Jacki and will miss her,” Polis continued. “Jacki is one of the greatest jurists I have had the pleasure of working with and the Coloradans are forever grateful for his service, leadership and commitment to our state in these unprecedented times.

“Jacki’s forward-thinking legal approach and public service spans two jurisdictions and we know there is still work to be done to ensure greater justice in our legal system. “

Veitch is a member of the Colorado Legal Services Board of Directors and was previously the President of Beyond Our Borders and the Women’s Bean Project. She is also the past president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado.

She has also received numerous professional and civic distinctions. Veitch holds an MBA, law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.

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