"NEWS RELEASE Date September 16 2009 Contact Jessica Peterson"
NEWS RELEASE Date: September 16, 2009 Contact: Jessica Peterson Public Relations Director (970) 244-1640 Jessica.email@example.com Local DA’s Office Receives Statewide Honors District Attorney and Chief Deputy recognized by their peers around Colorado for work on criminal justice and methamphetamine issues. Mesa County residents will have some additional representation at the state legislature in the coming year. Pete Hautzinger, the District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District, has been elected by his fellow elected DAs around the state to serve as the President of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (CDAC) for 2009-2010. CDAC is typically the most active and influential group at the Colorado legislature on matters relating to criminal justice, and the group’s president is usually the spokesperson for the organization at the state capital in Denver. “This role will be of particular importance during the upcoming legislative session,” Hautzinger said. “The General Assembly will be taking on the crucial and volatile topic of criminal sentencing reform, which could have significant impacts on us here in Mesa County.” Hautzinger has served for the past two years as one of two elected DAs on the Colorado Commission on Criminal Justice, which will be making recommendations on sentencing reform to the legislature. This experience helps ensure he is well equipped to take on the additional responsibilities of CDAC President. Hautzinger has been serving on CDAC's Executive Committee and Legislative Committee since 2005. He is the first Mesa County DA to be elected as CDAC’s president since Steve ErkenBrack in the late 1980s. In addition to Hautzinger’s election, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has been named CDAC Prosecutor of the Year. “Dan was selected for this honor in recognition of the extraordinary success Mesa County has had in fighting our local war against methamphetamine,” said Hautzinger. “He played a crucial leadership role in that struggle.” Rubinstein is currently serving as the chairperson of the Mesa County Methamphetamine Task Force and has also been appointed to serve on the state of Colorado’s Methamphetamine Task Force. He is the primary architect of the “Fast Track” meth treatment program in Mesa County, and has been instrumental in the design, construction and implementation of the local Summit View Drug Treatment Facility. Rubinstein has personally supervised a number of highly successful wiretap investigations that have taken down multiple major drug trafficking organizations. Additionally, he supervises the County Court division of the DA's office and is responsible for the training of the newest prosecutors. He also handles a limited caseload of high profile violent crimes, including two separate first degree murder cases at the current time. Rubinstein is the second Mesa County prosecutor to receive this award; Chief Deputy D.A. Richard Brown received it in 2007. Rubinstein and Hautzinger received these two separate and noteworthy honors at the 38th Annual Fall Conference of the Colorado District Attorneys' Council this past weekend. Hautzinger and Rubinstein will both be available for additional comments today (Thursday, September 17) at the District Attorneys' office. “Mesa County—Creating a community of opportunities for all residents with a focus on the future.” Page 1 of 1