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DA hires new Moffat County deputy

Marguerite Carr to replace Jeremy Snow in August

Brian Smith

Marguerite Carr

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Moffat County will soon have a new prosecutor.

Marguerite Carr, 32, who currently lives near Washington, D.C., will be starting as a deputy district attorney next month, District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Wednesday.

Carr will be filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Jeremy Snow, the former chief deputy district attorney who was hired as Moffat County Attorney in May.

Oldham said she made the decision to hire Carr last week after interviewing four candidates for the position.

"I found Marguerite to be a great fit for Craig," Oldham said. "She was really excited to come back to a smaller town, and I was also impressed by her experience in the (District Attorney's) office."

Carr, who grew up in Denver near Washington Park, graduated from South High School in 1995.

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She received her law degree in 2003 from the William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Va.

She was an assistant district attorney from 2004 to 2008 in Farmington, N.M., in the 11th Judicial District.

Since 2008, Carr has been working in Washington, D.C., as a civil attorney.

Carr said she looks forward to joining the Moffat County staff.

"It's a very nice area and I am very excited to get a chance to work," she said. "I think a smaller community will be nice."

She said she enjoys prosecution because it serves the public.

"I enjoy helping the public at large," she said. "I think that prosecution is exciting."

Carr said she believes there will be two sides to her job — prosecuting offenders, and helping people in need.

"I believe people need to be punished for what they have done in an appropriate manner," she said. "But, I think people make mistakes. Once having been punished appropriately, hopefully they can get their lives back on track."

Oldham said Carr's enthusiasm stood out from the rest of the candidates.

She said Carr's desire to return to Colorado and begin prosecuting also made her stand out as the leading candidate.

"We are looking forward to having her in the office," Oldham said.

Marty Galloway, a deputy district attorney who sat in on Carr's interview, said he is looking forward to working with her.

"She seemed like a real nice person," he said. "It is always hard to get a read on someone from an interview, but from what I could tell, she seemed like a real nice person and probably someone that would be really good to work with."

Galloway said Carr's experience would also serve the office well.

"She seems very well qualified," he said. "… She has a good feel for the smaller town life. I think she is the sort of person that is willing to commit and stay here for a while."

Oldham said Snow is missed, but "everybody is pulling together so that we can make sure we can go forward."

Since Snow left the office, Oldham said the other Moffat County deputies, Galloway and Jon Pfeifer, as well as the Steamboat Springs office, have helped prosecute Moffat County cases.

"I really appreciate my office pulling together," she said. "It's a hard situation and it was a big loss for us to lose Jeremy, but it was a great opportunity for him."

Deputy district attorneys for the 14th Judicial District’s Moffat County office:

• Jon Pfeifer, 32, a 2008 graduate of the University of Indiana Law School. Started in the district attorney’s office about two years ago.

• Marty Galloway, 26, a 2009 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. Started in the district attorney’s office in January.

• Marguerite Carr, 32, a 2003 graduate of the William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Va. She is scheduled to start next month.

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