No Truden recall petition filed … yet
Post Independent Staff
A milestone of sorts came and went without fanfare Monday.
The day marked the first six months of 9th Judicial District Attorney Colleen Truden’s term in office. It also marked the first time someone could file a petition to recall her from office.
Truden opponent and Glenwood Springs attorney Sherry Caloia, who has said publicly she would mount a recall campaign when the time was right, did not file the petition with the secretary of state on Monday because of work demands. However, she said she intended to file “in the next day or so.”
Almost from the onset of her term, Truden came under fire when several attorneys who served under her predecessor, Mac Myers, resigned. She has also been criticized for hiring her husband, Fred, for computer services when she first moved into her offices in the county courthouse.
Caloia, or anyone who initiates a recall effort, would face some hefty hurdles to mount a recall election. After clearing the petition with the secretary of state, to be valid, the petition would need signatures of 25 percent of the people who voted in the district attorney election in the three counties the 9th Judicial District covers: Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco.
Caloia said the recall petition will need 5,455 signatures of registered voters. After the petition is certified, the election could be from 45 to 90 days from that date. All three counties would hold elections.
Caloia has said she would not run against Truden. However, two former deputy district attorneys, Jeff Cheney and Martin Beeson, have indicted they would consider running.
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