New deputy in town

Prosecutor comes from troubled office

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Andrew Heyl has seen his share of controversy in the past year.

Heyl, the newest deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, worked in the Ninth Judicial District in Aspen from April to December.

Heyl was a prosecutor in Aspen during the recall of his boss, District Attorney Colleen Truden.

In December, voters made Truden the first district attorney in Colorado history to be recalled when 80 percent of them voted to remove her from office.

When Martin Beeson took over as district attorney after the recall, he rehired some of the prosecutors who had resigned during Truden's tumultuous tenure, forcing Heyl out of a job.

Working in the Ninth District during the recall was a frustrating experience, Heyl said.

Every move the prosecutors made was under scrutiny from the area media because of the recall, he said.

Despite the controversy surrounding his short tenure in Aspen, Heyl wanted to prosecute.

Most of Heyl's career has been spent in private practice in Kansas City, Kan.

He likes prosecution because the job is different everyday, he said.

"It's not routine," Heyl said. "Every case has different facts, different elements."

Heyl arrived in Craig Monday afternoon. His first day in the courtroom in Craig will be today, he said.

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said she hired Heyl to fill the office's vacancy because he is experienced and he was willing to move to Craig.

Heyl replaces Amy Fitch, whose last day as chief deputy District Attorney was Friday.

Fitch had worked at the office for almost two years. She took a job working as a prosecutor in the Ninth Judicial District in Glenwood Springs.

In a letter to the Craig Daily Press last week, Fitch said she left the 14th Judicial District because of "philosophical differences in management style and approach to prosecution."

The District Attorney's Office has seen some turnover in recent months, but Roesink said it is nothing out of the ordinary.

Prosecutors usually stay in one office for about a year or two, Roesink said.

The District Attorney's Office will have another new face next week, when Joe DeAngelo starts as an investigator.

Ray Birch left the investigator's job in November after five years to take a job with the Routt County Sheriff's Office. Birch is running for Routt County Sheriff.

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