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Occupation: District attorney for the 14th Judicial District
Professional experience: 26 years as a lawyer, including service as Colorado prosecutor twice before, counsel to a federal agency, active military service in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a federal law enforcement executive
Hometown: Fort Collins
Years in Routt County: 1
Brett Barkey is running unopposed for district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.
The Hayden resident was hired in August 2011 as assistant district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, and he since has worked out of the Routt County Justice Center in Steamboat Springs.
After former District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham announced she was not running for re-election, Barkey announced in December that he would run for the position as a Republican.
Oldham ended her term early to take a job in Arapahoe County, and Barkey in August was appointed to fill the district attorney role.
“As the district attorney, my top priority is 100 percent commitment to service to the community in everything we do in the courthouse and outside of it,” Barkey said. “I am very proud of what we do every day on our citizens’ behalf.
“My second priority is that we be an office committed to constant improvement. Although we do many, many things very well, we will nevertheless examine every aspect of what we do to see if there’s a way to do it better. That ranges from the way we process cases, to the way we train new deputy district attorneys. We have a talented team full of energy and ideas, and I am very excited about where we are going.”
Before coming to the 14th Judicial District in 2011, Barkey in 2007 worked for the district as chief deputy district attorney in Moffat County. He left after 10 months to be a Marine Corps prosecutor in New Orleans. In January 2009, Barkey was deployed to Iraq for his third and final tour. Barkey said he felt compelled to serve in the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.