Michael J. Rourke was appointed as Weld County District Attorney by Governor John Hickenlooper in December, 2014 after Ken Buck was elected to Congress. A veteran prosecutor, Michael has served both the 18th and 19th Judicial Districts as a Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting numerous First Degree Murder, Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault on Children and Crimes of Violence cases. Michael was hired by the 18th Judicial District in 1997, and worked there until 2004. In 2005, Michael came to Weld County as a Chief Deputy District Attorney, and was promoted to Assistant District Attorney in November, 2007. He remained in that position until his appointment as District Attorney.
In 1994, Michael earned his undergraduate degree in History from The University of Colorado-Boulder. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1997 from the University of Denver School of Law.
In 2010, the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council named Michael as the co-recipient of the Robert R. Gallagher Prosecutor of the Year award.
In addition to his prosecution experience, Michael has been a trainer and presenter on investigation and prosecution topics such as no-body homicide cases, sexual assaults, crimes against children, violent crimes and legislative changes. He was the co-keynote presenter at the 2013 Colorado District Attorneys’ Council Annual Conference.
A Weld County resident, Michael has been active in our local community for many years, including serving on the Weld County Community Corrections Board, the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and the Weld County Child Fatality Review Team.