The El Paso County Board of Commissioners appointed Amy Folsom as the County Attorney today at its extended meeting. Folsom has been a presence at the Commissioner meetings for several months as she has represented the Attorney’s Office on the dais.
“I am honored to represent El Paso County as its lead attorney,” Folsom said. “My years as a prosecutor and as a civil litigator representing the County have instilled within me a deep respect for the traditional role of local government and importance of effective service to its citizens. As a parent and a Colorado Springs resident for nearly two decades, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve my community in this new and challenging role.”
Former County Attorney Bill Louis before noted, “Ms. Folsom came to the County Attorney’s Office three and a half years ago following a successful career in the DA’s Office as both a skilled trial lawyer and as a high level administrator. She is all lawyer. It came as no surprise to me that she has well used her time in the CAO to learn the many different areas of local government law. She is also an attorney of great integrity. It is a pleasure and privilege to recommend her to the Board for appointment as my successor in office.”
Folsom graduated from the University of Notre Dame and attended law school at the University of Minnesota. After moving to Colorado Springs in 1994, she began her career as a Deputy District Attorney in 1996, rising through the ranks to become the Assistant District Attorney in 2006. In 2009, she joined the El Paso County Attorney’s Office as a litigator, defending El Paso County and its employees against civil lawsuits.
The County Attorney is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve as its top legal advisor. The Office handles cases ranging from child welfare to liquor license violations. It is also responsible for the resolution and zoning and code enforcement litigation as well as complex land development agreements.