Gov. Bill Owens Friday appointed Craig's Bonnie Roesink district attorney for the 14th Judicial District.
Roesink, deputy district attorney, replaces Paul McLimans who was scheduled to be sworn in today as a district court judge.
Roesink was to be sworn in by McLimans after taking his oath.
"I just found out about it 20 minutes ago," said Roesink, who this morning was meeting with staff and law enforcement officials in Hot Sulpher Springs.
"I'm very glad to have gotten word and they were extremely complimentary."
"Bonnie has been a dedicated member of the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office for 16 years," Owens' press office said. "In that time, she has developed into a very good prosecutor and has earned the respect of both the office and the community."
Roesink joined the District Attorney's office in 1987. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from the University of Colorado.
Her soon-to-be former boss -- who submitted a letter supporting Roesink's bid for the job -- praised Owens' appointment
"She's very qualified and I think the office will be in good hands under her reign," McLimans said.
Roesink will serve at least through the general election of November 2004.
She was the lone applicant for the top prosecutor's post, which covers Moffat, Grand and Routt counties.
Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.