An assistant U.S. attorney who directed a government investigation into Qwest has been named acting U.S. attorney for Colorado.
The appointment of William Leone takes effect January 1st.
Leone fills the spot vacated by former U.S. Attorney John Suthers, whom Governor Owens nominated to finish the last two years of the term of Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar. Salazar was elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
It will be up to President Bush to name a new U.S. attorney.
Leone led a government investigation that led to charges against four former Qwest executives accused of scheming to improperly inflate Qwest revenues. Two men pleaded guilty to lesser charges, and two were acquitted.