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Time to pack boxes for French

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BRECKENRIDGE – New County Commissioner Bob French, appointed to the Board Wednesday, will soon begin packing boxes at his Breckenridge law firm. The longtime attorney, 73, said Wednesday he would resign quickly, but then spend some time – maybe a month – transferring his couple hundred clients to partners in the firm French, West, Brown, Huntley & Thompson.He won’t have to go far to his new job; the Summit County Courthouse is just across Lincoln Avenue from the law office at the corner of Lincoln and Ridge.”I do not have big clients,” French said. “I have three to four clients who I do a lot of work for, and I will need some time to pass these in the firm.”French said he never worked for the ski companies Intrawest or Vail Resorts, but his partner, Steve West, does represent Vail Resorts.”I’ve known Steve West 31 years; we are trained in this business to take an objective view. I don’t think people need to be concerned,” he said.French admits he wrestled with the decision to vie for the appointment. He’s been an attorney for 44 years.”That’s a big chunk of my life,” he said, “but there’s no way you can be an active member of a law firm and sit on the county commission. So that’s out.”French and his wife of 12 years, Kay McGinnis, have seven children between them. Four live in Colorado, with three residing in the county.A resident since 1971, French in the past was active in Summit County Search and Rescue, the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District and represented various nonprofits. He currently is involved with Bristlecone Healthcare, the Backstage Theatre and Breckenridge Equestrian Center.French will take a salary cut in his new position, which pays $54,450 annually, plus a good benefits package. “I will be making less but that doesn’t matter,” he said.


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