Andrea Bryan, Aspen’s deputy municipal lawyer, is leaving a position she once thought of as her dream job at the end of August.
In a conversation Wednesday, Bryan, who will be leaving the public sector for a private law firm, stressed that not only dreams change, but personal circumstances as well.
“I have another dream job closer to home,” she said over the phone, briefly interrupting a family vacation to speak to the press.
From September, she will join the Garfield & Hecht legal team in their new office in Carbondale. Other than a short stint after graduating from the University of Colorado in a civil litigation firm, this is his first foray into the private sector.
Since 2016, Bryan has worked closely with City Attorney Jim True, succeeding Debbie Quinn, who retired that year as Deputy City Attorney. Prior to that, Bryan worked for nearly eight years in the 9th Judicial District, which serves three counties, as an assistant district attorney first in Glenwood Springs before moving to the Pitkin County office.
“Andrea has been a great asset to the city,” True said Wednesday. “She is an extremely intelligent person and I relied on her intelligence and judgment. She will be difficult to replace, but I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors and, like the rest of the city, she will be missed as part of our team.
True started with the town of Aspen, in the post Bryan will be leaving, in 2007.
Bryan called True an “incredible mentor” who she said owed her “immense experience in all areas of law”. He does this job with so much composure.
When asked what was the culmination of his tenure as deputy attorney for the city of Aspen, Bryan didn’t hesitate for a moment: “Arguing in front of Colorado Supreme Court sack charges. in Aspen. “
She said: “I think we got a good deal. I think my predecessor [Quinn] informed him well in the lower courts. Bryan was also able to use her oral and written pleading skills, which she honed in the district attorney’s office in court.
The position was posted on July 30 on the City of Aspen website and the deadline for the first review of applications is 5 p.m. on August 14. bed.
The position is multifaceted and consists of advising the city council, city departments and boards and commissions.
“This position is responsible for prosecuting violations of the code in municipal court and representing the city of Aspen before other state and federal courts. The ideal candidate will exhibit the ability to work independently, establish priorities and maintain a high level of organization, ”he notes.
The position is also responsible for “investigating legal issues and making recommendations on actions, inactions and decisions of city council, city service and boards and commissions”.
Three to five years of experience as a practicing lawyer is a minimum requirement. The salary range is $ 54.12 to $ 76.04 per hour.
Shorter journeys are welcome
Like many others in the valley, the country and possibly the world, the pandemic has caused a lot of thinking and a reorganization of what is most important. So does the addition of her second child, born roughly halfway through Bryan’s tenure as deputy town attorney.
“COVID is forcing you to reassess your priorities,” she said.
The eight hours a week Bryan spent from his home in Carbondale to his office in Aspen was cut into family time and appears to be another factor in the job change.
So when an opening at Garfield & Hecht’s Midvalley office opened up, she decided to throw her hat in the ring. The new position will allow him to continue working in municipal law and civil litigation.
Garfield & Hecht’s office is also closer to Mount Sopris Montessori School in Carbondale, where their 4 and 2 year olds attend preschool.
Joining the firm where her husband, Chris Bryan, has long been established “won’t be strange to both of us,” she said. “There are a lot of lawyers in the firm. There won’t be much crossover, and I won’t report directly to him.
“My husband and I have always enjoyed working in the same field, and I look forward to working with him and the other talented lawyers at Garfield and Hecht.”
She will report to the company’s founder and managing shareholder, Ron Garfield, who could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.