District Attorney position remains in limbo

Craig's Bonnie Roesink has submitted the lone application to replace District Attorney Paul McLimans, while the governor's office Friday wasn't sure how the hiring process would move forward.

"The governor may work to identify additional candidates," said Kristen Hubbell, deputy press secretary for Gov. Bill Owens.

"Certainly, one (applicant) doesn't give us a large enough pool of candidates to look at."

Exactly how Owens' staff would pursue more candidates for the job isn't clear, Hubbell said.

She said a deadline to apply to be the next district attorney for the 14th Judicial District could be extended. Hubbell added that comments and recommendations for the job from residents around the district covering Moffat, Grand and Routt counties might also be sought.

The opening was announced through news releases Jan. 10. The application period closed Friday.

"There isn't a magic number of candidates the governor would want to see," Hubbell said.

Roesink -- deputy district attorney with some 16 years experience as a prosecutor -- was unavailable for comment Friday and

Monday.

McLimans has supported Roesink's bid for the job with a letter of recommendation to Owens. Roesink also has broad support among defense attorneys.

"She's as honest as the day is long and compassionate," said Norman Townsend, attorney with the Steamboat Springs public defender's office. "She recognizes people aren't perfect and tries to fashion a punishment that deals with the underlying causes for crimes."

The governor picked McLimans to replace Judge Joel Thompson, who voters chose not to retain in the November general

election.

McLimans will be sworn in Feb. 28, while his replacement is scheduled to be installed one month from today.

McLimans' successor will serve at least to the general election of November 2004.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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