LAW WEEK COLORADO
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice has appointed four members to a new Child Protection Ombudsman Board, the Colorado Judicial Department announced Friday.
The ombudsman’s office investigates complaints and grievances about child protection services, makes recommendations about system improvements and serves as a resource for people involved in the child welfare system.
The board is charged with hiring and discharging the ombudsman, providing fiscal oversight and helping the ombudsman’s office enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Department of Human Services.
The 12-member board will be made up of four members appointed by the Governor, four members appointed by the Chief Justice, two members appointed by the Senate President and Minority Leader together, and two members appointed by the House Speaker and Minority Leader together.
Chief Justice Rice appointed former 11th Judicial District Chief Judge Kenneth Plotz of Denver to a four-year term; former 7th Judicial District Judge Charles Greenacre of Olathe to a four-year term; Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center executive director Stephanie Villafuerte of Evergreen to a two-year term; and assistant Arapahoe County attorney Pax Leia Moultrie to a two-year term.