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November 25, 2012
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Outgoing Summit County DA Hurlbert to join Arapahoe DA's office

Mark Hurlbert, the outgoing district attorney for four mountain counties, will take a job as the second-in-command of the Arapahoe and Douglas county district attorney's office.

Incoming 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said Friday that Hurlbert will serve as assistant district attorney, managing the administrative functions of the office and serving as the district attorney in Brauchler's absence.

Brauchler said he also wants Hurlbert to oversee a cold-case unit.

"He has a ton of expertise," Brauchler said. "He has a lot of energy. He's excited to come on board and see what changes we can make to make this the best district attorney's office in Colorado."

Hurlbert has served as the chief prosecutor in the 5th Judicial District - which covers Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties - for 10 years. He did not run for re-election this year because he is term-limited.

A Summit County native, Hurlbert has worked as a prosecutor in Colorado mountain towns for 18 years. He said he plans to move to the metro area for the new job, which starts Jan. 8. He said Brauchler's enthusiasm and dedication convinced him to take the job.

"It's not an easy thing to make that decision," Hurlbert said. "But after sitting down and talking with George, it became a very easy decision."

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The Summit Daily Updated Nov 26, 2012 03:03PM Published Nov 25, 2012 08:40PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.