Charles, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, worked in international tax as a CPA for Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse for ten years. Charles then went on to graduate from the University of Denver College Of Law and joined the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender where he practiced as a criminal defense trial attorney for twenty five years. Charles retired in 2007 as the Office Head for the Denver Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Charles came out of retirement in 2011 to be the Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver where he oversaw the police, sheriff and fire departments.
Charles sits on the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council, the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission and the Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession. Charles is currently Special Counsel to the Governor where he has served under both Governor Ritter and Governor Hickenlooper. Charles is President Elect of the Colorado Bar Association and will begin his term as President July 1, 2014.