Governor to keep Hotsenpiller as DA for 7th Judicial District

Gov. John Hickenlooper named Dan W. Hotsenpiller as district attorney for the 7th Judicial District on Friday.

He’s the same man Chief District Judge Steven Patrick tapped as interim district attorney after he barred former district attorney Myrl Serra from having contact with anyone in the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Serra, 48, was arrested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations last fall on suspicion of unlawful sexual conduct, indecent exposure and official misconduct. He was arrested again in December on allegations of harassment, violating a protection order and violating the terms of his bond. The CBI continues to investigate the matter.

Earlier this month, Serra resigned after Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, threatened to start impeachment procedures in the Colorado House if Serra didn’t step down. When Serra resigned, the law required Hickenlooper to name a permanent replacement.

For the past five years, Hotsenpiller has operated a private practice in Montrose. Before that, the University of Colorado Law School graduate was an assistant U.S. attorney working in Grand Junction.


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