Governor's office: District attorney appointment coming today

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Brett Barkey

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Elizabeth Oldham

The immediate successor, at least in the short term, for 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham will be announced today, officials with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s communications office said.

Eric Brown, the governor’s communications director, would not comment on the number of applicants vying for the temporary appointment or the appointment process.

Last month, Oldham announced her resignation to take a job as the senior deputy district attorney in Arapahoe County.

Oldham said she accepted the position because it would allow her to spend more time in the courtroom.

Though Oldham announced in December 2011 she would not seek a second term in the 14th Judicial District, encompassing Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, her decision to resign before her first term was completed was somewhat unexpected.

Hickenlooper’s Office of Boards and Commissions was tasked with finding her replacement and Aug. 3 marked the deadline for applications.

Though the governor’s office would not release numbers, Brett Barkey, the 14th's assistant district attorney, said he suspects there are multiple candidates vying for the appointment.

Barkey, a Hayden resident and a former prosecutor in the Moffat County office, is running as a Republican to replace Oldham in November’s general election.

He is the only candidate in the race for district attorney and is also among the candidates eyeing the appointment.

Barkey declined to comment on the Boards and Commissions' upcoming decision out of respect, he said, for the other applicants and the appointment process.

“I should probably just keep all that to myself and let the governor’s process work,” he said.

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