Jim Burack is Director of the Marijuana Enforcement Division, after joining MED as Chief of Investigations in 2014. Previously he served since 2001 as police chief in Milliken (CO), and from 2008-14 he was dual-hatted as Milliken’s town administrator. Prior positions have included U.S. Senate staffer in Washington, D.C., Westminster (CO) Police Department patrol officer, and Counsel and Director of Operations with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) also in Washington, DC.
A U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, Jim's reserve tours have included senior liaison officer to FEMA Region VIII; Staff Judge Advocate at Marine Forces Pacific, Hawaii; and evaluation staff member at the Dept. of Defense, Inspector General at the Pentagon. Active duty tours include civil affairs officer in Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-05; civil affairs team leader in Kosovo in 1999; and military prosecutor, security platoon commander, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Southern California.
Jim holds an MA from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado- Denver, J.D. from the University of Colorado, and AB from Dartmouth College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (230th) and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), and was an adjunct faculty member at University of Northern Colorado. He is member of the Colorado, California and D.C. bars.