Pete Weir became District Attorney for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties in January, 2013. Pete is a proven leader with a strong commitment to crime prevention, public safety, rehabilitation programs, and problem-solving courts. Since taking office, Pete has formed a Human Trafficking Unit, the Cold Case Homicide Unit, the Special Victims Unit, and a Sexting Program for teens. Recently, Pete helped establish the Veterans Treatment Court and the Adult Mental Health Court -- two problem-solving courts that are already playing an important role for offenders and our community. Pete also created a DA Citizen Academy for residents designed to form stronger relationships and a better understanding of the criminal justice system.
Pete is blessed with a wonderful family, including his wife, Susan, and their two children, Ben and Kaelee.
Pete, a life-long Republican, is the son of a career Air Force officer and a mother who called Memphis, Tennessee home. Growing up, Pete’s family, including his three older brothers, lived in several cities throughout the United States. In 1961, Colonel Gordon Weir, Pete’s dad, was assigned as the Air Attaché to Japan. This led to three years in Tokyo before Pete and his family moved to Denver in 1964.
Pete graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1971 and headed south to Durham, North Carolina for college. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1975. After working for a year in the restaurant business, Pete entered the University of Denver College of Law and received his law degree in 1979.
Upon graduation, Pete began his professional career as a deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District (Colorado Springs). In that capacity, Pete handled misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases. In 1982, Pete entered private practice specializing in litigation and federal criminal defense. In 1986, Pete returned to prosecution as a deputy district attorney for Jefferson and Gilpin counties (First Judicial District) and served as a chief deputy district attorney for over ten years in two separate administrations.
During the course of his responsibilities as a chief deputy district attorney, Pete supervised every unit in the DA’s office associated with trial work. He also was selected for major prosecutions, including numerous murder cases, sexual assaults and other offenses involving crimes against persons. Pete has tried in excess of one- hundred cases to juries.
Over the past twenty-five years, on distinct occasions separated by almost ten years, two Jefferson County law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty. Deputy Sheriff Bill Truesdale was murdered by Anthony Lucero and Richard Borrego on June 18, 1985. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Timothy Mossbrucker, along with Terry Petrosky and Dan Suazo, were murdered by Albert Petrosky on April 28, 1995. Pete, as a part of significant prosecution, law enforcement and victim advocate teams, tried both cases before Jefferson County juries. The death penalty was sought in each case with first degree murder convictions returned against all three murderers.
In August, 1999, Pete was recruited and selected to lead the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (CDAC) as executive director. Pete represented all twenty-two elected district attorneys in Colorado before the Colorado General Assembly and acted as a liaison with the Office of the Attorney General and the Governor’s office. CDAC was also responsible for the principal training of all of Colorado’s prosecutors, including conducting an annual conference with over six-hundred prosecutors, investigators, victim advocates, and administrative assistants in attendance.
Pete was honored to be appointed to the district court bench by Governor Owens and served as a district court judge for the First Judicial District from November, 2004, until January, 2007. As a district court judge, Pete presided over hundreds of cases including felony criminal matters, civil cases involving disputes in excess of fifteen thousand dollars, and contested domestic relations cases. He also served as the presiding judge for the Jefferson County grand jury.
On November 7, 2006, approximately seventy percent of the voters in the First Judicial District approved the retention of Judge Weir as a district court judge for a six year term to commence on January 9, 2007.
However, instead of continuing his judicial career, Pete responded to a request by Governor Ritter to join the governor’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS). He was confirmed unanimously by the Colorado State Senate on January 12, 2007. As executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Pete was responsible for a budget of approximately $255,000,000 and over 1,300 employees. Pete had ultimate responsibility for the divisions within CDPS including the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, and the Colorado Office of Preparedness, Security and Fire Safety.
Pete was instrumental in the creation of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), a bi-partisan panel of subject matter experts statutorily created to analyze Colorado’s criminal justice system and formulate policy recommendations. Pete was selected by Governor Ritter to serve as the chairman of the CCJJ and he remained in that position until his resignation as executive director of CDPS effective the end of July, 2010.
Once again, Pete was honored to be asked to return to active prosecution by District Attorney Scott Storey. Pete re-joined the district attorney’s office in September, 2010 as a Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney. Pete is responsible for overseeing felony prosecutions, the economic crime unit, and Gilpin county prosecutions.
During the course of his career, Pete has served on a number of boards and committees dedicated to public safety, enhancing law enforcement efforts, and supporting the work of victims’ advocates. Pete was a member of the Governor’s Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee; Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Executive Board; Rocky Mountain Region Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Executive Board; chairman of the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) Executive Board; Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) Executive Policy Board; Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee (GEEERC); and the Colorado State Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board.
In 2001, Pete was appointed by Governor Owens to the Governor’s Task Force on Sex Offender Registration (Chair, Prosecution Committee); twice appointed by Governor Owens to the Colorado State Victim Assistance/Law Enforcement (VALE) Board; appointed to the Colorado state advisory board for the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); and was a member of the Victim Services Statewide Planning Committee; member, Executive Board, Colorado Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) project; and member, Criminal Justice and Criminology Advisory Council for Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Pete has also taught, lectured, and given numerous presentations on criminal justice and public safety issues. In 2009, Pete was asked to present at a criminal justice seminar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Pete’s career reflects his abiding passion for public safety and his enduring commitment to be a strong and vigorous advocate on behalf of the citizens of Jefferson and Gilpin counties and the people of the State of Colorado.