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OWENS APPOINTS CHRIS CASTILIAN DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF FOR POLICY

(DENVER) - Governor Bill Owens announced today he has appointed Chris Castilian as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. 

“As a fourth generation Coloradan, Chris understands the issues and challenges facing our state.  His experience with Colorado Counties, Inc.  also gives Chris a valuable grassroots perspective.  The experience and insight he brings to the table will be very helpful as we address key policy and legislative issues,” Owens said.

Castilian graduated from California Lutheran University with degrees in political science and French.  He also has a law degree from the University of Denver, where he specialized in natural resources and environmental law.

He was director of legislative affairs for Colorado Counties, Inc., from 1996 to 2001.  While at Colorado Counties, he also helped formulate policy in the areas of agriculture, wildlife, rural affairs, land use and natural resources. 

Castilian currently is the director of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners.

A Denver native, Castilian’s great-grandfather had a homestead in Fremont County.  Castilian now lives in north Denver.

Castilian takes over the Governor’s policy office from Rick O’Donnell, who was appointed the executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies earlier this year.

The office is responsible for directing the Governor’s legislative agenda and formulating long-term policy objectives.

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