Chris Whitney is the Colorado Brand Commissioner, a position that he assumed in 2011. In that capacity, he leads the Brand Inspection Division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The Division’s purpose is to protect the livestock industry from loss by theft or straying, provide accurate tracking of livestock movements for use in disease traceability, facilitate commerce, and help keep Colorado’s three billion dollar livestock industry healthy and viable. The Division’s 67 Brand Inspectors are located in 10 supervisory districts throughout Colorado’s approximately 104,000 square miles. In 2009, Whitney was appointed by the Governor to the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners but resigned that position to assume the role of Brand Commissioner.
Before becoming Brand Commissioner, Whitney practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Colorado Springs and served as a senior executive, administrative officer and General Counsel to several public companies, including Harrah’s and Resorts International, Inc. An experienced negotiator and Russian linguist, he was a Presidential Translator on the Washington-Moscow “Hot Line” and has conducted commercial negotiations in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1975 having previously received Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado. Whitney served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1973 and was decorated for service in Vietnam and as a Presidential Translator.
Whitney has chaired and served on the boards of several non-profit corporations, including most recently the Colorado Horse Council, the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance, and the Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation.