DA Biography

Peter Weir, District AttorneyPeter Weir portrait

Peter Weir was first elected District Attorney for the First Judicial District, which serves Jefferson and Gilpin counties, in November, 2012. He was re-elected in November, 2016 to serve a second term as District Attorney.

Pete completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University in North Carolina and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. An experienced prosecutor, Pete has also served as a district judge and past executive director of the Colorado Department of Safety.

Career Experience

Pete began his professional career as a deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District (Colorado Springs) in 1979.  In 1982 he went into private practice where he spent three years specializing in litigation and federal criminal defense before returning to prosecution in the First Judicial District where he served as a deputy district attorney and chief deputy district attorney for thirteen years.

From 1999 to 2004, Pete served as executive director of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (CDAC), representing the 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.

Pete was appointed to the district court bench by Governor Bill Owens in 2004 where he served as a district court judge in the First Judicial District until 2007. 

In 2007, Pete was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to the governor’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS).  As executive director of the CDPS, Pete was responsible for a budget of approximately $255,000,000 and was responsible 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.

In 2010 Pete returned to active prosecution in the First Judicial District as a senior chief deputy district attorney.

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.

Boards and Appointments

Pete was instrumental in the creation of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), a bi-partisan panel of experts statutorily created to analyze Colorado’s criminal justice system and formulate policy recommendations.

Pete has a wide range of experience within the criminal justice system to the Office of District Attorney.  He has served on many boards and committees dedicated to public safety, enhancing law enforcement efforts, and supporting the work of victims’ advocates:

  • 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;
  • Colorado State Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board; and
  • Testified before the US Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in May, 2015 regarding the use of body cameras by law enforcement.

Throughout his career Pete has received several governor appointments to task forces and committees:

  • Governor’s Task Force on Sex Offender Registration;
  • Colorado State Victim Assistance/Law Enforcement (VALE) Board;
  • Colorado state advisory board for the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA);
  • Victim Services Statewide  Planning  Committee; 
  • Executive Board,  Colorado Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) project; and
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology Advisory Council for Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Pete lives in Golden with his wife and two children.