Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
Irv Halter Bio Irv Halter is a veteran of over 32 years in the United States Air Force where he was a combat veteran fighter pilot and rose to the rank of Major General. He and his wife of 37 years, Judy, are natives of southern New Jersey, growing up on family farms. Irv graduated from the Air Force Academy (and Judy from the University of Denver) in 1977. Irv’s career took them around the globe with over 14 years of overseas assignments, culminating in senior positions at the Academy, the National Reconnaissance Office, and Joint Staff in Washington, DC. During his Air Force career, Irv commanded five different operational units including a fighter squadron, operations group, two fighter wings, and a numbered air force. In his final command, 19th Air Force, Irv was responsible for all basic and advanced Air Force flying training, directing 30,000 professionals at 18 bases across the United States while executing 500,000 flying hours a year.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2009, the Halters returned to Colorado Springs. Irv joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as the Vice President and General Manager for Air Force, NASA and Missile Defense Agency programs, providing IT and professional services valued at over three quarters of a billion dollars annually. This included 30 diverse contracts executed by over 4,000 people at 20 different locations around the United States and two overseas locations. In July 2013, Irv left CSC to run for the 114th Congress in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, which covers several central Colorado counties, and includes Colorado Springs, Canon City, and Salida. While he did not prevail, as a first time candidate Irv raised over $830,000 (a record for any Democrat in the District) and received over 105,000 votes in a race that garnered positive statements.
Irv is a member and former Vice Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. He and Judy are also very active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Monument. Irv holds a B.S. in history from the Academy, and an M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. He is also a licensed commercial pilot, with over 3300 hours of jet time. They have one son, David, who is lives and works in Philadelphia, having recently received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University.