Assistant district attorney resigns

Eric Olson left office Friday

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For the second time in a month, a prosecutor with the Craig office of the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has resigned.

Erik Olson, who began work in January and was assigned to prosecuting misdemeanor cases in Moffat County Court, resigned on Friday. He did not give two weeks' notice and is no longer prosecuting cases.

"In a nutshell, it was just time for me to move on," Olson said. "I had begun to get this feeling, and Friday it was apparent to me that it was time to move on."

Olson, an attorney with four to five years of experience, was in the midst of his second stint with the local district attorney. He also worked for the office for four months in 2005.

He limited his comments on why he chose to leave the office, saying only that a philosophical difference between himself and the district attorney was one reason he chose to resign.

"I think there was just a difference in style that prompted me to move on," he said.

Michael Stern, a felony deputy district attorney, resigned Sept. 6.

The resignations leave the District Attorney's Office two prosecutors short of the three positions budgeted for the Craig office.

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said she is reviewing resumes in an attempt to fill the two vacancies. In the interim, Roesink is picking up cases and using other attorneys to fill in.

"We get it covered," she said.

She said the recent turnover is typical for many businesses, and common for a high-pressure, demanding job such as a prosecutor. She said that she and other attorneys she knows have talked about the regularity of turnover and agreed that "if you have somebody for two years, you're doing really well."

Stern vouched for Olson's competency as a prosecutor.

"I feel that he is a very bright, dedicated person," Stern said on Wednesday. "From my experience working with him, he cared about victims and had a great sensitivity to the people he worked with.

"It's understandable that he's leaving, people make these decisions. Certainly I enjoyed my time working with him and consider him a friend."

Olson, a Craig resident, said he is taking some time off to consider career options. Stern, who also lives in Craig, is also weighing several options before deciding what to do next.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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