History in the Making
August 10, 2004 “Colleen Truden wins Republican primary over Lawson Wills
November 2, 2004 ” Truden runs unopposed for district attorney for 9th Judicial District
January 11, 2005 ” Takes over for Mac Myers, who was term limited
April 8 ” Deputy district attorney Gail Nichols leaves DA’s office
April 17 ” Deputy district attorney Jeff Cheney leaves DA’s office
April 22 ” Deputy district attorney Martin Beeson leaves DA’s office
April 25 ” Deputy district attorney Chris Gaddis becomes the fifth attorney to leave DA’s office
April 29 ” Local attorney Sherry Caloia starts
May 5 ” Open records request shows Fred Truden’s electronic consulting firm was paid more than $6,000 for six weeks work. Fred is Colleen Truden’s husband.
June 15 ” Colleen Truden defends her budget to the Garfield County Commission
July 18 ” Secretary of State approves recall petition
August 1 ” Garfield County Commissioners approve a $405,809 supplement to Colleen Truden’s budget.
August 3 ” Aspen attorney Tony Hershey quits. He’s the first person to quit who was hired by Colleen Truden.
August 6 ” Colleen Truden’s husband Fred Truden is accused of harassing recall volunteers and petition signers at Silt Heyday in Veterans Park.
August 8 ” An Eagle County judge grants temporary restraining order against Fred Truden over the Silt Heyday incident.
August 12 ” Fifth Judicial District Judge Fred Gannett dismisses temporary restraining order against Fred Truden.
August 20 ” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers criticizes Colleen Truden’s management decisions, including hiring Fred Truden to do computer work for the DA’s office, and the high staff turnover during her first year in office.
August 23 ” Colleen Truden defends the work of her office, saying case loads are up and so are convictions
August 24 ” Former DA Mac Myers questions Colleen Truden’s statements over case loads and convictions
August 25 ” Attorney Katie Steers resigns from the District Attorney’s Office. She later files ethics charges against Colleen Truden.
September 9 ” Martin Beeson and Chip McCrory announce their candidacies for DA recall election
September 26 ” DA files first-degree murder charges against 14-year-old Eric Stoneman in the shooting death of 9-year-old Battlement Mesa youth
September 29 ” 9,032 signatures handed in to Secretary of State office in recall drive
September 30 ” Secretary of State office validates 6,626 signatures. A total of 5,455 required for recall
October 12 ” Colleen Truden says she won’t contest recall petition
October 14 ” Martin Beeson and Chip McCrory begin collecting signatures. They each need to collect 1,000 valid signatures by Nov. 1.
November 1 ” Beeson submits 1,243 signatures; McCrory
fails in signature drive, turns to write-in candidacy
November 4 ” Secretary of State determines that Beeson only has 981 valid signatures
November 16 ” State investigators drop some of ethics charges
November 18 ” Secretary of State validates 34 more signatures to push Beeson total to 1,015
December 1 ” Colleen Truden claims felony convictions are up 40 percent over Mac Myers’ total
December 7 ” Truden, Beeson and McCrory participate in debate
December 13 ” Truden ousted in recall election by a 4-1 margin. Beeson wins election over McCrory.
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