Steamboat Springs Longtime Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James is leaving the 14th Judicial District and will be replaced by Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham.
St. James' official last day was Friday, though he will continue to work with the 14th Judicial District on some pending cases, District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said. Oldham, who is based in Grand County, will take over as Roesink's No. 2 for the remainder of the year.
St. James, who has worked for the 14th Judicial District since 1987, will become a full-time firefighter with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, Roesink said. St. James did not return calls for comment.
Roesink plans to have a prosecutor in place to replace St. James in the Steamboat Springs office in about a month. St. James' departure from the Steamboat Springs District Attorney's Office follows that of Deputy District Attorney Ed Veronda, who now works out of Craig.
Roesink, a Republican, is retiring at the end of her current term after 21 years as a prosecutor in the 14th Judicial District, and Oldham is aiming to take her place. Oldham, also a Republican, announced her candidacy for district attorney in January and gained Roesink's endorsement. She has been a prosecutor since 2001.
Oldham is challenged by Democratic candidate Tammy L. Stewart, an assistant Moffat County Attorney handling child support and child abuse cases, and an attorney in private practice in Steamboat Springs. Stewart worked as a prosecutor for 12 years, including two in Routt County.