CRAIG - There will be a shakeup next year in the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, encompassing Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.
District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Saturday she wouldn't seek re-election, a move she's contemplated for some time now.
"When I finally came to the decision that I wasn't going to run again, I started searching for someone I thought would be good to transition into that role," Oldham said. "I wouldn't say bringing Brett (Barkey) in was a calculated move, but he is someone I think would bring a lot of experience to the office."
Barkey, 50, a Hayden resident and the 14th's assistant district attorney, announced Saturday he's seeking the district attorney's position in the November 2012 election.
Barkey graduated in 1983 from the University of Denver with a double major in history and economics.
He attended Georgetown University Law Center and graduated in 1986 with a Juris Doctor and a master's in international law. He passed the bar later that year.
After a short stint in private practice, Barkey said his legal career took off when he took a position in 1987 with the El Paso County District Attorney's Office.
"Ever since I was a DA in the 80s, I always thought that being an elected DA was the right combination and was a good fit for me because the job requires leadership skills as well as legal skills," Barkey said. "I always told myself that I would run if I ever got the opportunity and that is why I accepted the (assistant DA) position and returned to the Yampa Valley in August."
In the past 25 years, Barkey has honed his legal skills in a variety of positions.
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