The elected District Attorney appoints one Assistant District Attorney and many Deputy District Attorneys. Starting salaries at most offices begin at approximately $55,000 annually and include robust benefits that can include pension plan participation. Experienced prosecutors can expect salaries that range from $70,000/annually upward. The financial rewards however pale in comparison to the contribution that each prosecutor makes daily to his or her community.
Living in rural Colorado is a refined experience and requires a certain old west toughness that is suited for prosecutors who want to work hard and play hard. While the beauty of the physical surroundings are unmatched by any place in the United States, prosecutors gain fantastic professional experience pairing with an outdoors lifestyle.
While none of the districts offering employment opportunities have crime levels that approach metropolitan areas, all have their share of problems which keep offices very busy. Young prosecutors can expect to get their feet wet with felony prosecutions early in their careers. Each of the elected District Attorney’s backgrounds includes vast experience in criminal law and each believes strongly in guiding young attorneys to become strong trial attorneys.
Because each office is small, many training opportunities are orchestrated by the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council, a collaborative organization serving each of twenty-two District Attorneys’ offices statewide with robust technical and educational support.
The mountains of Colorado are a wonderful place to be a prosecutor. Surrounded by the splendor of high mountain peaks and communities, boasting some of America’s best playgrounds for skiing, hiking, and fishing, all while being able to practice law. District Attorney offices in Colorado are financially supported by the counties they serve. Offices prosecute felonies, misdemeanors, traffic offenses and juvenile matters. Each county seat has a courthouse with a criminal docket. Most rural offices ore staffed by at least one full-time prosecutor and some offices have as many as ten full-time prosecutors. Colorado is divided into 22 Judicial Districts. Five of those Districts have joined together in offering prosecutor positions to new and experienced attorneys. Those Districts are the 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 14th.
5th District Attorney – Serving Clear Creek. Eagle (Vail), Lake, and Summit (Breckenridge) Counties
- Bruce Brown, District Attorney
- 504 Airport Road, Post Office Box 488 Breckenridge, CO 80424
- Tel. (303) 679-2448
6th District Attorney – Serving Archuleta, La Plata (Durango) and San Juan Counties
- Christian Champagne, District Attorney
- 1060 East 2nd Avenue, Post Office Bax 3455 Durango, CO 81301
- Tel. (970) 247-8850
7th District Attorney – Serving Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel (Telluride) Counties
- Dan Hotsenpiller, District Attorney
- 1140 North Grand Avenue, Suite 200, Montrose, CO 81401
- Tel. (970) 252-4260
9th District Attorney – Serving Garfield (Glenwood Springs), Pitkin (Aspen) and Rio Blanco Counties
- Jeff Cheney, District Attorney
- 109 Eighth Street, Suite 308 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
14th District Attorney – Serving Grand (Winter Park), Moffat, and Routt (Steamboat Springs) Counties
- Brett Barkey, District Attorney
- 1955 Shield Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487; Post Office Box 7700129, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
- Tel. 970 870-5200