Application Period Extended For New 12th District Judgeship

by Hannah Garcia

LAW WEEK COLORADO

The Colorado Judicial Branch announced Thursday it has extended the application period for a district court vacancy in the 12th Judicial District.

Originally May 4, the deadline is now May 18. The nominating commission decided to extend the application period to allow additional interested candidates time to file an application, according to the judicial branch.

The nominating commission will meet at the Alamosa Combined Court on May 29 to interview and select nominees for gubernatorial appointment to the office of district judge for the Twelfth Judicial District, which includes Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. The new district court judgeship was created pursuant to House Bill 1034 and is effective July 1.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a qualified elector of the district and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $145,219, and the initial term of office is a provisional two years. Thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if retained by the voters, has a term of six years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice William Hood III, located at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver, and the office of the district administrator, Christina Gallegos, at the Alamosa Combined Court at 702 Fourth Street in Alamosa. Applications are also available online at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm

The original, signed application along with a PDF version must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on May 18. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. on May 11.

The members of the nominating commission for the Twelfth Judicial District are Gordon Bosa from Manassa, Ryan Dunn from Del Norte, Carla Gomez from Center, Kimberly Lookis from San Luis, Paul Motz from Alamosa, Amy Uhrich from Monte Vista and Zeke Ward from Creede.