Trey Rogers Leaving Ritter’s Office

According to a press release from Gov. Bill Ritter’s office:

Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that his Chief Legal Counsel, Trey Rogers, will leave his office to return to private practice effective March 1. Gov. Ritter has named his Senior Deputy Legal Counsel, Craig Welling, to the Chief Counsel position.

Welling has served as Senior Deputy Legal Counsel for three years. Prior to joining Gov. Ritter’s office, he was a litigation attorney with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP in Denver.

Rogers has served as Chief Legal Counsel since Gov. Ritter took office.  He will re-join Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP as a partner, the position he held prior to joining the Governor’s office.

Of course, Trey Rogers has been more than just “Chief Legal Counsel” under Ritter. Rogers has always been one of Ritter’s closest advisors, on both political and policy questions, and his departure from the office will certainly change the way things are done (or not done) as the Governor enters his final 10 months in office.