Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

August 31, 2022 Contact: Carolyn Tyler, Communications Director,, 720-913-9025

Denver DA Beth McCann Reacts to Retirement of Chief Paul Pazen

DENVER—Today, Mayor Michael Hancock announced the retirement this October of Denver Police Department Chief Paul Pazen. In response Denver District Attorney Beth McCann issued the following statement which is to be attributed to her.

“Chief Pazen is a dedicated public servant who ushered in many positive and launched many new programs like STAR and LEAD which are serving the people of Denver well. He was committed to improving relationships between the police and the community. His concern about the recent rise in crime led to a targeted focus on hot spots and emphasis on removing illegal guns from our streets. My office has enjoyed working with him for the last several years. On behalf of the Denver DA’s Office, I thank him for his dedication and leadership and stand ready to support Division Chief Ron Thomas once he is confirmed.”