Deputy DA Hershey resigns
August 3, 2005
Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey resigned today from the embattled 9th Judicial District, saying in his resignation letter that he “cannot do my job in an atmosphere of abuse, disrespect and outright hostility.”
Hershey, a former Aspen city councilman, had been with District Attorney Colleen Truden since she came into office in January.
In his letter, he makes references to Tsarist Russia and tells Truden that she is not “a Russian Empress.”
It is the latest blow to Truden. Hershey is the sixth deputy district attorney to resign she took office, along with four staff members. She has also garnered criticism for paying her husband for computer work, her financial management of the office ” including Garfield County’s seizure of the office staff’s county-issued credit cards ” and for failing, critics say, to live up to campaign promises to be tougher on crime.
An effort to recall her, led by two former deputy district attorneys under Truden, is under way.
For more on the latest development in the DA’s office, see Thursday’s Aspen Times.