Steamboat Springs Turnover at the Routt County District Attorney’s Office has lead to the hiring of an assistant district attorney.
Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham has named former Moffat County Chief Deputy District Attorney Brett Barkey as her new assistant. He will start Aug. 22.
Barkey will help fill one of two vacancies in the Routt County office.
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Welsh recently resigned, and Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Wunsch’s last day at the office was Friday. She had been handling most of the misdemeanor cases in Routt County Court and is leaving the office to practice law in Boulder. She has been with the office since January 2010.
Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said they have interviewed candidates to replace Wunsch and hope to offer someone the job by next week.
“We would hope they could start as soon as possible,” Prindle said.
Oldham said she has not had an assistant district attorney since she took office in January 2009.
Barkey’s duties will include mentoring prosecutors in the 14th Judicial District and helping with administrative duties.
She said Barkey would be a good fit because he has worked in the 14th Judicial District, which includes Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. He has good relationships with people in the office as well as those in law enforcement, Oldham said.
After 10 months on the job in Moffat County, Barkey left in March 2008 to become a Marine Corps prosecutor in New Orleans. Barkey could not be reached for comment Friday.
Prindle will handle the misdemeanor and felony cases in Routt County until Barkey starts and Wunsch’s replacement is chosen. Prindle typically handles only felony cases.
“Rusty had really stepped up to the plate many times in the office,” Oldham said.
Oldham on Thursday was wrapping up co-prosecuting a 10-day manslaughter trial in Grand County. She said she and staff from the Moffat County office will help Prindle in the interim.
As Routt County’s chief district attorney, Oldham said Prindle still would be in charge of the office in Routt County.
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