DISTRICT ATTORNEY, FORMER U.S. TREASURY DEPT OFFICIAL, AND MARINE VETERAN ANNOUNCES RUN FOR STATE TREASURER
Brett Barkey, a 4th generation Coloradan, has spent 30 years in public service, from Iraq to Washington, D.C. to Northwest Colorado. He sees the State Treasurer’s Office as his next chapter in a lifetime of leadership and service.
Hayden, Colorado-- On August 11, 2017, Brett Barkey announced the opening of his campaign for Colorado State Treasurer and the launch of his campaign website, brettbarkey.com.
When asked why he is running, Barkey started by citing his family’s deep roots both in Colorado and in public service. “Sitting around the breakfast table with my grandparents growing up, I remember being riveted to their the stories of our family crossing the plains in a covered wagon, serving in the civil war, representing Chaffee County in Colorado’s territorial legislature and then the State Senate, and building roads as part of Colorado’s first highway commission. They spoke of our family’s farmers, teachers and preachers tending after Colorado’s crops, minds and souls. As a youngster, I did not fully appreciate how much I had been impacted by what my grandparents shared. But, before long, I found myself starting a public service career as a deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs in 1987.”
Barkey went from the District Attorney’s Office to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then to the U.S. Department of the Treasury where he served as counsel and as Assistant Director of Enforcement for the Office of Foreign Asset Control. He was mobilized several times as a Marine Reservist after the September 11th attacks, which included three tours in Iraq. Barkey retired as a Colonel after 25 years of active and reserve service.
After Barkey’s third Iraq tour, he returned to Colorado to join the District Attorney’s Office serving Moffat, Routt and Grand counties in northwest Colorado. Barkey ran successfully for election as District Attorney in 2012 and again in 2016.
Barkey says he wants to bring this 30 years of service and leadership to the State Treasurer’s Office. “The foremost duty of the State Treasurer is, of course, safeguarding the state’s funds,” Barkey says. “But I would also 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 closes by reflecting on a life-changing incident that occurred in his second Iraq tour. “On a convoy from Baghdad to Fallujah late one night, my truck was hit by an RPG. That RPG did not detonate, and if it had, I would not be here. So many young Americans were not as blessed. So to me, public service is the legacy I offer for those who did not come home.”