Truden announces new staff
Ninth Judicial District attorney-elect Colleen Truden announced her new staff Thursday. Truden will be sworn in Jan. 11, replacing Mac Myers, who reached his term limits. Truden said she retained any staff who wanted to remain in the office. New appointments were made to fill vacancies.”I am so pleased so many of the dedicated and highly capable attorneys and staff have made the choice to remain,” she said.Joining Truden as assistant district attorney is Vincent J. Felletter Jr., who worked for 10 years in the Mesa County district attorney’s office.”Vince just has tremendous experience at the felony level. He’s handled well over 70 jury trials during his tenure at the DA office in Mesa County,” Truden said.Also joining the staff as chief investigator is Phil Walter, a retired FBI special agent who worked out of Glenwood Springs. Walter was also contract investigator for the DA’s office after retirement from the FBI. He also served as a municipal judge in Glenwood Springs.”That’s where I got to know him,” said Truden, who was also a Glenwood Springs judge. Aspen attorney Anthony Hershey has been appointed deputy district attorney. Hershey served on the Aspen City Council from 1998 to 2002. “He’s so committed and dedicated,” Truden said.Chief Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Larson will remain in the office, as will Gail Nichols, Pitkin County court deputy, and Russell Wasley, Rio Blanco County court deputy.The Ninth Judicial District covers Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.Robin Steffen has been hired as the office administrator.”She worked in the DA’s office a couple years ago,” Truden said. “She has great background and experience to bring to the office.”Despite sometimes contentious relations with the outgoing DA staff, Truden said her aim is to get back to normal and get down to business.”I just want to be able to smooth things over,” Truden said. She met with the staff Wednesday to announce the new hires and those staying on.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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