Seeking the national side of things

City attorney appointed to national committee


For more than 30 years, the city of Arvada attorney, Chris Daly, has advised Colorado municipal governments.

Now, he’s getting to view things from a national perspective.

Daly was recently appointed as the Colorado State chair to the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association (IMLA). He will be working to help retain and increase membership in the organization, as well as be a resource for attorneys across the country for local and national municipal government issues.

“I’m humbled that they accepted me to serve as the Colorado State chair for this association,” Daly said.

IMLA is a nonprofit organization acting as an advocate and resource for attorneys who work to represent local governments nationwide. In this position, Daly will work as an adviser to the organization’s board on policy, programming and membership matters; refer state appellate and supreme court cases to the organization; and identify appellate and supreme court cases to IMLA. One of 45 occupied state chairs, Daly said he’s looking forward to seeing a broader perspective on issues facing local governments and experiencing the involvement of a national position.

“It’s a rare opportunity to be able to serve in that sort of position. It doesn’t come along every day,” Daly said. “The appeal to me was this position will give me the ability to look at things in a national perspective. There’s going to be many different facets of this that will really be quite interesting.”

Daly began his law career as a University of Denver law student in 1977, when he obtained a position in the city attorney’s office for the city of Aurora. From there, he worked as the city attorney for Glenwood Springs before moving to the city of Arvada in 1995. As state chair, he will replace Marty McCullough, the city attorney for Westminster, who nominated Daly for this appointment.

Outside of the office, Daly likes to spend time reading, watching movies, going on long walks with his wife, and spending time with his children and two grandchildren.


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