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Tammy Jenson resigns from DA's office

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— Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson has resigned from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Jenson said Wednesday that she sent an e-mail to District Attorney Bonnie Roesink last Thursday alerting her to the resignation.

Jenson's last day with the DA's Office is Aug. 31. "I can say that circumstances in the office have compelled me to resign," Jenson said. "I have different views on how management should be run and how it is being run right now."

She will join Steamboat Springs attorney Michele Desoer's private practice.

Jenson said the assistant district attorney's salary factored into her decision.

Jenson, who had 17 years of experience before she joined the office, earns $60,000 per year.

"I think it's important for the (attorneys) that are here to know that it's an extreme financial sacrifice to be here, which is unfortunate," she said.

Jenson said she was leaving the DA's Office on good terms.

Roesink did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jenson formerly was a district attorney in Morgan, Jefferson and Alamosa counties before she came to Routt County nearly two years ago. Before that, Jenson worked as a public defender in California for six years.

As a defense attorney, Jenson will continue to work with children, which is one of her areas of expertise.

Jenson said she has not ruled out coming back to the DA's Office in the future.

"I leave the option of going back if certain circumstances change," she said. "I hope the best for Bonnie (Roesink) and (Assistant District Attorney) Kerry (St. James)."

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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