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Kaitlin Turner

District Attorney
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District Attorney Kaitlin Turner is the chief law enforcement officer for Fremont, Chaffee, Park, and Custer Counties in Colorado. District Attorney Turner was appointed to serve in Colorado’s 11th Judicial District by Governor Polis in June 2019. District Attorney Turner leads a staff of dedicated prosecutors, victims’ advocates, and support staff. She brings a pragmatic approach to prosecution. District Attorney Turner has pledged to pursue a mission of ensuring community safety, giving voice to victims, adopting alternatives to traditional prosecution, focusing the office’s limited resources on serious and violent crimes, and improving relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. District Attorney Turner has been an attorney for 13 years. District Attorney Turner served as a permanent law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Lichtenstein on Colorado’s Court of Appeals. Immediately prior to her appointment as district attorney, District Attorney Turner served for eight years as a Senior-Attorney Advisor for the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons in Florence, Colorado, inside the supermax prison. In that role, District Attorney Turner was a sworn federal law enforcement officer and also a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the criminal and civil divisions of Colorado’s U.S. Attorney’s Office. Beginning in 2011, District Attorney Turner was assigned to the litigation team responsible for handling the Bureau of Prisons’ largest ever class action lawsuit – Cunningham v. BOP. In response to this litigation, District Attorney Turner worked for over six years to reach a settlement that permanently expanded access to mental health care across the entire Bureau of Prisons. In recognition of her distinguished service, District Attorney Turner was awarded a John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions. Despite her very busy career, District Attorney Turner invests personal time in the community. In April 2018, she was selected by the city council of Cañon City to serve as council member. For the past several years, District Attorney Turner has served as a volunteer tax preparer & instructor for AARP TaxAide. Since 2018, District Attorney Turner has served as a board member for the Fremont Center for the Arts, the oldest continuously operating art center in the United States west of the Mississippi. District Attorney Turner also serves as a volunteer to the Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival. District Attorney Turner is a graduate of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, and the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.


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