State receives zero applications for DA position

Friday is deadline to express interest in region's top prosecutor's spot

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Help wanted: District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District.

With a deadline arriving in four days, officials with Gov. Bill Owens late last week said nobody has applied for the top prosecutor's job in the district covering Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

"These mid-term vacancies happen very rarely," said Dan Hopkins, Owens' press secretary.

The opening was created by Owens' appointment of District Attorney Paul McLimans to the 14th Judicial District bench.

McLimans -- who would have left office next year under term limits -- will be sworn in Feb. 28, replacing Judge Joel Thompson who voters chose not to retain in the November general election.

The governor's office announced the District Attorney vacancy Jan. 10 through news releases, while the position has not otherwise been advertised, Hopkins said.

Applications are due to the governor's office of legal council by 3 p.m. Friday. Hopkins said sparse interest in the job isn't a concern, as past judicial appointments have seen a late rush of interest.

"We don't anticipate having zero applicants and this is a self-imposed deadline," he said.

Still, McLimans said he expects to start hearing civil cases in five weeks.

The outgoing district attorney has thrown his support behind Bonnie Roesink, deputy district attorney who has worked in Craig 16 years as a prosecutor. Roesink has said she is pursuing the post, while McLimans has drafted a letter to the governor supporting her bid.

"I'm quite sure at least one application will be in on a timely basis," McLimans said.

Owens' appointment will remain effective until the general election of November 2004.

Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado for at least five years and a resident of the district.

Moffat, Routt and Grand counties review the District Attorney's salary every four years, while McLimans said the position now pays about $78,000 annually.

Applications are available by contacting the governor's office of legal council at (303) 866-6380, or online at www.state.co.us/gov_dir/judap.pdf.

They can be mailed or hand delivered to the governor's office of legal council, attn: Britt Weygandt, chief council, 120 State Capitol, Denver, Co. 80203.

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