Attorney wins in court of opinion
Tony Hershey was honored by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as the 2007 “Attorney of the Year.” District Attorney Martin Beeson said the staff recommended Hershey for his office’s annual award. Beeson and Assistant D.A. Jeff Cheney made the final decision.”We couldn’t disagree. He’s a workhorse,” said Beeson.Beeson likened Hershey to Cal Ripkin, a former Major League Baseball player who was known as the “Iron Man” after setting the record for consecutive games played. Like Ripkin, Hershey shows up every day, performs at a high level and doesn’t complain, his boss said.Beeson said Hershey works hard even though he doesn’t get the cases that grab headlines. Hershey is a deputy district attorney with a primary focus on juvenile cases, largely outside the public view. However, Hershey fills a variety of roles, filling in where needed, according to Beeson.”We’re very fortunate to have a fellow like him,” Beeson said.Hershey has been part of Beeson’s staff since January 2006. He works primarily out of the Glenwood Springs office. He is one of 11 prosecutors in a district that includes Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.”It’s nice to get recognition,” Hershey said, “but I’m just trying to do my job.”Hershey said his accolades were only possible because he is part of a good team and any individual award is only possible because of a group effort.Hershey grew up in Aspen and was a controversial city councilman there from 1999 to 2003. He was known for an abrasive style while in office. He wielded what some observers felt was a particularly poison pen as a columnist for the Aspen Daily News after he failed to win re-election in 2003.As a prosecutor, Hershey has earned widespread credit for professionalism and compassion for troubled youths in the cases he prosecutes.
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