Hickenlooper's chief of staff leaves for private sector

Another member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s staff has taken on a new role, the governor’s office announced Monday. 

Chief of Staff Doug Friednash is leaving his current position to work in the private sector for the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, according to a news release. 

Patrick Meyers, a former owner of Smashburger and Quizno’s, will take over the chief of staff role. The governor’s office says Meyers graduated from the University of Colorado Denver and received his law degree from the University of California Hastings. 

Meyers has no prior political experience, whereas Friednash worked as a state legislator in the Colorado House of Representatives, as an assistant attorney general and as the Denver city attorney. 

Hickenlooper is term-limited and has 408 days remaining in office as of Monday. 

Meyers is slated to take over as chief of staff in December. 

Friednash is the latest high-profile departure from Hickenlooper’s administration. The chief of the Colorado Department of Transportation announced he was stepping down in October, and Ellen Golombek, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, left for an “opportunity with a national workforce advocacy agency” in September. 

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