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District attorney seeking Moffat County replacement

Elizabeth Oldham screening applicants for prosecutor position

Brian Smith

Elizabeth Oldham

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said she has big shoes to fill in replacing a departing Moffat County prosecutor.

Oldham has begun the process of replacing Jeremy Snow, chief deputy district attorney in Moffat County, who will soon become the Moffat County attorney.

Snow accepted the county attorney position earlier this month. Current county attorney Kathleen Taylor is retiring.

Snow is now splitting time between the district attorney's office and training with Taylor, and will take her place June 14.

Oldham said she began advertising Snow's position the day she heard he accepted the county attorney job.

Oldham said she has received numerous applications, and plans to interview about five candidates for the position. She hopes to have a replacement as soon as possible, she said.

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She said she is looking for a prosecutor with experience.

"The person that comes in will have to undertake so many cases, and I would not have a prosecutor take felony cases who hasn't already demonstrated that they can prosecute the misdemeanor and traffic cases," she said.

Oldham hopes the new attorney's experience will make continued prosecution of cases Snow will leave behind easier.

However, Oldham said there may be a period of time between when Snow starts as the county attorney full time, and when his replacement starts.

She plans to lean on the other two attorneys in the Moffat County office, and use resources from the Steamboat Springs office to "pick up the slack."

The new attorney will start as a deputy district attorney, not as the chief deputy district attorney, a position Oldham said Snow earned.

"Jeremy was a very dedicated prosecutor and he had an extremely high work ethic," she said.

The hardest part of hiring a new attorney, Oldham said, is finding candidates who want to relocate to Moffat County.

"Sometimes it is difficult to have an experienced prosecutor come to this area because the experienced prosecutors do make less in this rural area than they would in the city," she said.

Oldham said she does not know what the starting salary of the new attorney will be, but will make the decision based on experience and the district attorney's budget.

Oldham said Snow will be missed in the district attorney's office.

"Jeremy was a huge asset to our office not only professionally, but personally," she said.

Snow said his training with Taylor has been "a little bit of everything."

He said has been reviewing active cases the county is facing, as well as local government issues such as open records and meetings, liabilities, limitations and contract reviews.

He has also been learning how various departments work, such as social services and the assessor's office, and what legal issues they face as part of normal operation.

"They have just kind of thrown everything that's out there at me," he said. "I'm not going to say that I'm an expert yet, but I'm getting on top of it, learning it little by little."

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