District Attorney Brett Barkey wants to extend his career of public service by running for the state treasurer’s office.
Barkey, the prosecutor for Routt, Grand, and Moffat counties, announced he plans to run for the treasurer’s position Friday morning in a news release.
He previously worked in the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he served as counsel and an as assistant director of enforcement for the Office of Foreign Asset Control.
“The foremost duty of the state treasurer is, of course, safeguarding the state’s funds,” Barkey said in a news release announcing his run. “But I would also want to focus on three things: making the office a “center of service” to county, special district and municipal treasurers around the state; emphasizing the office’s role as the ‘go-to’ expert in financial management for the governor and state legislature; and ensuring the prompt return of unclaimed properties to their rightful owners.”
Barkey, the district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, becomes the second elected official from Routt County to join the race for state treasurer.
Current Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn is also seeking the office, meaning Barkey and Horn will face each other in a Republican primary.
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Barkey lives in Hayden.
His previous public service includes three tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine.
This story will be updated.
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