Deputy DA position remains vacant

New District Attorney to be sworn in Jan. 14

About 10 days away from officially taking over, incoming 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham has been successful in filling three of four vacancies across the tri-county judicial district.

An offer went out to a candidate for the fourth open position - a deputy district attorney's slot in the Moffat County office - but was declined.

"We were pretty disappointed," said Oldham, the Republican winner of the November general election and the 14th's current assistant district attorney. "He seemed like a good fit. We are hunting to fill that position."

The Moffat County office has been down a deputy district attorney since Dec. 22, following the departure of prosecutor Matthew Barrett to the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office in Glenwood Springs.

Oldham said she has an interview Jan. 9 with another candidate for the open Moffat County position, which handles misdemeanor and felony prosecutions.

She is looking for a prosecutor with experience, she said.

While the Moffat County position remains open, Oldham has filled vacancies in Grand and Routt counties' offices.

"We feel fortunate because we have filled so many," she said Friday from Grand County.

The new deputy district attorneys are Rebecca Voymas in the Routt County office, and Scott Sweeney and Daniel Miraflor in the Grand County office.

Oldham has not made a decision on who will replace her as assistant district attorney. She said that decision will come after she takes over Jan. 14.

"I want to let the dust settle a little and then a make a decision," she said.

Oldham will be sworn in at the Grand County Courthouse.

"I think (the transition) has moved along well," she said. "I'm looking forward to being able to take the reins and go with it."

Once elected, Oldham has said she will spend one day a week in each county's district attorney's office. Her first day in the Craig office is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Moffat County officials elected in November will be sworn in Jan. 13 at the Moffat County Courthouse.

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