14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham resigns

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Elizabeth Oldham

— Elizabeth Oldham, district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, has resigned to take a job that will allow her to spend more time in court.

Oldham — who is the elected official for Routt, Moffat and Grand counties — said Wednesday that she will not start her new job until her replacement has been appointed. She has been hired as the senior deputy district attorney in Arapahoe County.

“The one thing I miss about being an elected DA is I’m not in court as much,” Oldham said.

“It was just an opportunity that came up that I couldn’t pass up.”

The Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions is seeking applicants for the position until Aug. 3. Candidates interested in the position should visit www.colorado.gov/governor or email boards@state.co.us.

Oldham, who is nearing the end of her first term, announced in December that she would not be running for re-election in November. Brett Barkey, a Hayden resident and the 14th Judicial District's assistant district attorney, has announced he is running to replace Oldham. The district attorney’s position is partisan, and Barkey has said he’ll be running as a Republican.

Oldham said Barkey was applying for the appointment. He was not available for comment Wednesday. Oldham said Barkey was gone for the week for military training.

Oldham hired Barkey as assistant district attorney in August. His previous public service experiences include positions with the El Paso County and Moffat County district attorney offices and a 22-year affiliation with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He served three tours in Iraq, where he served as a judge advocate and rose through the ranks to lieutenant colonel and had positions with the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Barkey was prompted to return to active duty in the U.S. Marines Corps after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During his second of three tours in Iraq, Barkey was shot at with a rocket-propelled grenade Aug. 21, 2006, while in the back of a seven-ton armored truck with three other Marines. The grenade failed to detonate. Barkey shared the story with the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Sept. 11, 2011.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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