Gov. Bill Ritter's chief of staff is leaving the post to return to the private sector.
Jim Carpenter, who has held the job since Ritter became governor, plans to join a public affairs firm.
Carpenter managed U.S. Interior secretary Ken Salazar's successful 2004 run for a U.S. Senate seat and also worked for former Gov. Roy Romer and former U.S. Sen. Timothy Wirth.
He'll work with Mike Stratton, another former Salazar staffer, at a public affairs firm.