Friday, October 16, 2015

Mesa County swears in Rubinstein as District Attorney

Dan Rubinstein, right, is sworn in today as Mesa County's District Attorney. Judge David Bottger is on the left. 

Dan Rubinstein was sworn in today as Mesa County's District Attorney.

He takes over for Pete Hautzinger, who resigned to lead the Grand Junction branch of the U.S. Attorney's office.

Rubinstein, who has been Mesa County's Chief Deputy District Attorney, was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to fill the remainder of Hautzinger's term, which goes until January 2017. Rubinstein has said he will run for the office in November 2016.

Judge David Bottger in his courtroom today officially swore in Rubinstein, who was on lunch recess from an all-day motions hearing.

Rubinstein started working in the District Attorney's Office in 1996, leaving for private practice in 2002 but returning to work for Hautziner in 2005.

He has wanted to be District Attorney since then.

"I have been mentoring, teaching, advising, drafting legislation and working with others around the state and country to find better ways to do what we do," he said. "In this job, every day I have the opportunity to help a victim, put a defendant back on the right track and show the community that we embody what they elected us to be - the lawyer who represents the People of the State of Colorado."

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