Prosecutor moves on

Michael Stern still weighing career options

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On Sept. 19 and 20, Michael Stern, then-assistant district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, argued 10 to 15 cases in court. His final appearance culminated in the successful restitution of about $9,000 from two local burglary suspects.

On Sept. 21, he sorted through his affairs at the office, and on Friday, he said goodbye to the District Attorney's Office for good.

Stern, an active community member for the past year, submitted his resignation earlier this month. His last day was Friday.

Stern, who cited a need to pursue other professional opportunities as his reason for leaving the District Attorney's Office, said he hasn't made a decision about what he'll do next.

"I'm still weighing a couple of offers. There are some options here and overseas," Stern said Wednesday.

Stern, 58, joined the District Attorney's Office in August 2005. His 33-year law career has included work as a prosecutor and defense attorney, as well as stints as a prosecutor in Guam, the Virgin Islands and Colorado's Seventh Judicial District. He worked as a defense attorney in Montrose.

According to the District Attorney's Office, no one has been hired to fill Stern's position. District Attorney Bonnie Roesink was out of town Wednesday and was not available for comment.

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