Administrators Named for Supreme Court, 18th District

The Colorado Supreme Court announced last week that it has ended its nationwide search for Colorado’s next state court administrator and appointed acting state court administrator Christopher Ryan to fill the position full-time. Ryan succeeds Gerald Marroney, who retired June 30.

“We are very excited that Chris decided to make this a permanent arrangement after spending some time back at SCAO,” Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice said, noting that Ryan worked in the State Court Administrator’s Office in the Court Services Division from 1996 to 2001 and in the Financial Services Division from 2005 to 2007.“Chris’s breadth of knowledge about Colorado Judicial is vast and I am sure his experiences and skills will serve the state well as he leads this office,” Chief Justice Rice said.

“Chris’s breadth of knowledge about Colorado Judicial is vast and I am sure his experiences and skills will serve the state well as he leads this office,” Chief Justice Rice said.

Before his brief tenure as Acting State Court Administrator, Ryan was the Clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals from Dec. 3, 2007, to July 1, 2017. Ryan began his career with Colorado Judicial in 1990 in Denver District Court working as a bailiff for Judge Connie Peterson.

As state court administrator, Ryan will supervise the central office that prepares the budget, manages fiscal operations and purchasing, and oversees personnel and payroll, as well as computer operations, planning and analysis, internal fiscal and management audits and training for the Judicial Branch. The office also assigns visiting and senior judges as needed.

Additionally, the 18th Judicial District named Shaun Clark as district administrator, effective Oct. 31, upon the retirement of Laurie McKager.

“Shaun has been an integral member of our management team for many years, and we are fortunate to have her as our next district administrator,” said Chief Judge Carlos Samour. “She has the experience and talent necessary to be a strong leader for our large and diverse district and I look forward to working closely with her in this new role.”

Clark has been the deputy district administrator for the 18th Judicial District for the past 11 years. Before that, she was the clerk of court for Arapahoe County and a consultant for the National Center for State Courts. Clark studied political science and sociology at the University of Colorado and earned her master’s degree in legal administration from the University of Denver College of Law.

McKager retires from the Colorado Judicial Department after a 29-year career. During her tenure with the department she was a unit supervisor in Arapahoe County; collections program coordinator, budget and fiscal analyst, and director of financial services for the Office of the State Court Administrator; and district administrator in the 17th Judicial District.