Attorneys to handle additional caseload

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Bonnie Roesink, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said prosecutors should have little trouble picking up the extra caseload stemming from the recent departure of a deputy district attorney from the Craig office.

Felony prosecutor Russell Wasley, who had been on staff for about nine months, worked his last day Thursday for the district attorney. His departure leaves the Craig office a prosecutor shy of its three positions.

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Roesink said she could not comment on whether Wasley resigned or was terminated.

"It's going to be fine," Roesink said, adding that herself, assistant district attorney Kerry St. James and remaining Craig office prosecutors Jeremy Snow and Ed Veronda would handle the additional cases. "We'll have a prosecutor there and ready to go."

Wasley, an import from the Ninth Judicial District in Meeker, began work in August. He was hired to replace deputy district attorney Andy Heyl, who transferred to the Steamboat Springs office.

Wasley could not be reached for comment Monday.

Roesink said she has reached a tentative agreement with a new felony prosecutor to replace Wasley. She said she could not elaborate on much about the new prosecutor, other than the new employee could begin work within four to six weeks.

"It's just a little too soon," she said. "You hate to say for sure, but as far as I know the person (begins work) June 18."

Roesink said she's confident the shorthanded Craig office staff can adequately handle the felony cases Wasley once prosecuted, especially given the progress of Veronda and Snow, who began work with the district attorney's office in October and December, respectively.

Veronda and Snow currently handle Moffat County Court cases, juvenile cases in district court and lower-tiered felony cases.

"They're taking on a lot and branching out," Roesink said.

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