Replacement for district attorney sought

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Gov. Bill Owens' staff is accepting applications for the position of District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District, while one Craig prosecutor will seek the job.

"Paul (McLimans) has done an outstanding job, I'd like to carry on what he's started and I have some ideas of my own I'd like to see happen," Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said of plans to apply for the office.

Owens will review candidates and choose a successor for McLimans, 14th Judicial District Attorney, who was named by the governor to replace Judge Joel Thompson.

Evan Herman, administrator for the 14th Judicial District, said McLimans would stay on through the end of February.

The appointment to succeed McLimans will be effective March 3, according to the governor's press office.

Owens' selection will remain in office until the general election of November 2004.

Roesink, a Craig resident who has worked in the district nearly 16 years, cited several issues deserving of more attention, including abuse or financial exploitation of at-risk adults.

As district attorney, being able to "step in and help those people before it becomes a crime" would be a priority, Roesink said.

Roesink said more "restorative justice" alternatives should be considered in at least some cases involving juveniles. "Restorative justice" centers around a concept of accused criminals talking face to face with their victims.

David Waite, Roesink's colleague and deputy district attorney in Craig, said Monday he would not pursue McLimans' job.

Qualified candidates must live within the district covering Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, and have practiced law in Colorado for the last five years.

Applications for the position are available at the governor's office of legal counsel at (303) 866-6380, or can be found online at www.state.co.us/gov_dir/judap.pdf. Applications are due back to the governor's office no later than 3 p.m. Jan. 31.

The applications must be mailed to the governor's Office of Legal Counsel, Attn: Britt Weygandt, chief counsel, 120 State

Capitol, Denver, 80203.

Officials say they're welcoming recommendations and comments regarding any applicant for the job.

Comments can be faxed to the governor's office at (303) 866-6399.

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

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