Aspen prosecutor is new assistant city attorney |

Aspen prosecutor is new assistant city attorney

A longtime area prosecutor was named Aspen’s new assistant city attorney Monday.

“I’m leaving because this is an incredible opportunity for my career,” said Andrea Bryan. “I’m honored to be able to continue my career in public service in such a progressive city.”

Bryan, 34, has worked in the 9th Judicial District for nearly eight years and was originally hired by former District Attorney Martin Beeson, she said. She covered misdemeanor cases at the county court level before graduating to felonies in District Court, according to a statement from the city of Aspen. She has served as chief deputy in Pitkin County since 2014, according to the statement

As the new assistant city attorney, Bryan will succeed Debbie Quinn, who is retiring at the end of September, according to the statement. Quinn has been with the city since 2012, though she’s also served as assistant Pitkin County attorney and held other positions in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Bryan said her leaving the District Attorney’s office has nothing to do with any problems or conflicts with District Attorney Sherry Caloia.

“I love the DA’s Office,” Bryan said. “I loved being a prosecutor. If this specific job hadn’t opened up, I’m not sure I would have considered leaving the DA’s Office.”

Caloia said Monday that Bryan leaves big shoes to fill.

“She’s an excellent prosecutor,” Caloia said. “I’m very sorry she’s going.”

Caloia said she’s not surprised other entities that can pay more go after talented members of her staff.

“It goes to show that I only hire the best,” she said.

Bryan made between $86,000 and $90,000 as a chief deputy district attorney and will make $110,000 as assistant city attorney, according to Caloia and the city’s statement. The Aspen City Council will address a resolution confirming Bryan’s appointment Sept. 26, while she is scheduled to begin her new job Oct. 24.

Bryan is married to Aspen attorney Chris Bryan of the law firm Garfield and Hecht. The couple and their son live in Carbondale.

Bryan will likely be succeeded by Sarah Oszczakiewicz, another deputy in Caloia’s office who lives in Aspen, Caloia said.

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