Ousted prosecutor announces new program in last days in office
ASPEN – The man replacing 9th Judicial District Attorney Colleen Truden, who was recalled in a vote earlier this month, said Friday he hasn’t decided whether to continue a program Truden announced the week before she was due to leave office.Truden on Thursday said she had organized a “bad check restitution program” to help business owners affected by bad checks. It would educate businesses on preventive measures and require people who pass bad checks to take a class and pay restitution.Funds would come from fees assessed to offenders, and no tax money would be needed, she said in a news release.Martin Beeson, a former attorney on Truden’s staff who resigned in April and then on Dec. 13 was elected to replace Truden, said he didn’t know details of the program but would evaluate it after he is sworn in next week.”I realized years ago I cannot control the things other people do, so I don’t concern myself with that,” Beeson said. “I read somewhere that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere.”As Truden prepares to leave office, she has called and left messages for Beeson and has asked him to put in writing what he will need for a smooth transition into office. Beeson said he met Truden’s request but has not received a response.Beeson said he would figure out the status of cases and the workings of the office after he is sworn in. He said he also would announce his team of attorneys next week and said some lawyers from Truden’s tenure will leave.
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