William Ritter is the governor of Colorado. Previously, he served as the district attorney for Denver, where he created one of the nation's first drug courts and took on white collar crime in metropolitan Denver. He worked extensively on the prosecution of sexual abuse and domestic violence as well as criminals offending senior citizens. He is responsible for creating the first Victims Services Network in the United States, and he advised former Attorney General John Ashcroft on affairs after September 11, 2001. During his time as the Denver DA, he served as vice president of the National District Attorneys Association, chairman of the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and a board member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.