Former local DA now 22nd Judicial District attorney |

Former local DA now 22nd Judicial District attorney

Last week, Gov. Bill Ritter named Mark “Mac” Myers to the district attorney position in the 22nd Judicial District in southwest Colorado.

Myers, who is a former district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, will replace Jim Wilson, who died in a motorcycle accident in May. Myers, of Mancos, narrowly lost to Wilson in the 2008 election in the 22nd district, which includes Montezuma and Dolores counties. Myers will run for election in November.

Myers served two terms, from 1997 to 2005, in the 9th district, which includes Garfield, Rio Blanco and Pitkin counties. Myers worked for Wilson as a deputy DA in the 22nd from 2005 to 2007 before running against him in 2008.

Wilson also worked in the 9th Judicial District, serving under Myers as a deputy DA.

Myers earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1976 and his law degree from the University of Denver in 1979.

Also seeking the appointment had been Cortez residents Russell Wasley, a deputy DA in the 22nd district, and Andrew Michael Hughes, who has served as a special U.S. attorney since 2007.

Following Wilson’s death, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers sent Rob Shapiro to the 22nd Judicial District to serve as temporary DA. Gov. Ritter had issued an executive order, authorizing Suthers to take over in the 22nd Judicial District until a permanent replacement was named.

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