Roesink to seek District Attorney post

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— Bonnie Roesink will apply today to replace her boss as district attorney for the 14th Judicial District.

The opening was created last month when Gov. Bill Owens appointed current District Attorney Paul McLimans to serve as judge for the 14th District.

Roesink has served as a deputy district attorney for nearly 16 years, joining the office shortly after graduating from law school at the University of Colorado in 1986. She has worked out of the Craig office for most of her career.

So far, no one officially has applied to succeed McLimans, Owens office reported. But Roesink said she will send her application today after gathering all the supporting documentation, including a letter of support from McLimans.

"I think I have wide support from law enforcement, the prosecutors and the defense attorneys," Roesink said. "I hope that I can bring to the office an ability to work with all sides and make fair decisions in the best interest of everyone."

The 14th District serves Grand, Routt and Moffat counties. In addition to the district attorney, there are seven deputy district attorneys in the district, including three in Steamboat Springs, two in Craig and two in Grand County. Roesink, 59, is the most senior of those deputy district attorneys and they support her candidacy as well, she said.

"I completely support Bonnie," said Kerry St. James, a deputy district attorney in Steamboat Springs who is second in seniority to Roesink.

Roesink said if she is appointed to replace McLimans, she will continue to work out of Craig. McLimans worked out of the district attorney's office in Hot Sulphur Springs.

The deadline to apply for the position is Friday, said Dan Hopkins, Owens' press secretary. The state has received no other applications for the position thus far, Hopkins said.

McLimans -- who would have left office next year under term limits -- will be sworn in as judge Feb. 28. He is replacing Judge Joel Thompson, whom voters chose not to retain in the November election.

Owens' district attorney appointment will remain effective until the general election of November 2004. Moffat, Routt and Grand counties review the district attorney's salary every four years. McLimans said the position now pays about $78,000 annually.

--Paul Shockley of the Craig Daily Press contributed to this report. To reach Scott Stanford, call 871-4221 or e-mail sstanford@steamboatpilot.com

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