Christopher T. Ryan was appointed Clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court on May 23, 2011. He has also been the Clerk of the Colorado Court of Appeals since December 3, 2007. Ryan has worked in several positions for the Colorado Judicial Branch beginning as a Bailiff in the Denver District Court in 1990. Immediately prior to his appointment as Clerk of the Court of Appeals, Ryan served as a Senior Budget Analyst with the Colorado State Court Administrator's Office. Additionally, he was employed by the National Center for State Courts from 2001-2005 as a Senior Court Management Consultant. His work focused on the assessment of operations and caseflow management in the courts and the development and maintenance of workload assessment models for judges and court staff. Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado.
The Clerk of the Supreme Court plans, organizes and supervises the administration of the Supreme Court Clerk's office and the Attorney Registration Office. The clerk administers the court's budget, statistical information, and personnel matters. The clerk monitors the case flow of matters pending before the court, together with screening cases for jurisdictional problems and identifying routine and complex cases to ensure the efficient use of resources. The clerk also acts as liaison between the court and major boards and committees of the Supreme Court and the State Court Administrator's Office.