Serra’s vacant DA spot filled

A former prosecutor now in private practice in Montrose will take over as the district attorney of the 7th Judicial District.

District Judge Steven Patrick appointed Dan W. Hotsenpiller, a former prosecutor in the 7th Judicial District and a former assistant U.S. attorney, “until further order.”

Hotsenpiller will take over as district attorney on Jan. 10, according to Patrick’s order.

The district attorney’s office has been headed by Colorado First Assistant Attorney General Jean Woodford since Sept. 30, the day elected district attorney Myrl Serra was arrested on suspicion of felony unlawful sexual contact without consent and with force or threats, misdemeanor indecent exposure and first-degree official misconduct.

Serra was restrained from any of the district attorney’s office when he was arrested.

Patrick conferred with three prior district attorneys, judges, law enforcement and other attorneys before settling on Hotsenpiller, the judge’s order said.

Patrick opted not to appoint an attorney already employed by the district attorney’s office because that “would only compound the existing shortage of attorneys to try cases in the eleven courts in the district.”

The district includes Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office supported the appointment, spokesman Mike Saccone said.

Woodford remained responsible for work in the attorney general’s office while also dealing with day-to-day responsibilities in the 7th Judicial District, Saccone said.


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