Randall Fons, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Denver regional office, will step down from his position later this month to become a partner with Morrison & Foerster. Fons has been head of the SEC's central regional office since 2000, in charge of enforcement and examination programs in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.

He previously was regional director of the SEC's southeast regional office, in Miami, from 1997 to 2000, and joined the SEC in 1988 in Chicago.

During Fons's tenure in the Denver office, he helped the SEC bring market-timing cases against Janus and Invesco.

"For the past 18 years, Randy has served the Commission and investors with total commitment, great enthusiasm and uncompromising principles," said SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. "Our markets, and most importantly, America's investors, are better off because of his fine work."

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