Steamboat Springs Erick Knaus is the new assistant county attorney for Routt County, replacing Joanne Eldridge, who left the position in October.
Knaus, who most recently ran his own general practice law office, has extensive history as an assistant district attorney in Colorado. He worked for two years in the 14th Judicial District beginning in 2003. He was a lawyer with Feldmann, Nagel and Oliphant in Steamboat Springs before opening his own office three years ago.
“I did work in employment law and on civil suits that are pertinent to the county,” Knaus said.
“We are lucky to have found Erick locally,” Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Eldridge accepted a civilian job in a supervisory capacity with the U.S. Army’s legal department in the Washington, D.C., area. She is a former officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Knaus has an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver.
It was during a third-year internship at the district attorney’s office in Colorado Springs that he first became interested in criminal law, Knaus said.