The 14th Judicial District announces court vacancy

This vacancy is being created by the retirement of judge Sandra H. Gardner. This vacancy will occur on Jan. 1, 2024.

The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the Routt County Combined Court on Nov. 7 to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge, which presides over Grand, Moffat and Routt counties.

The qualifications for this position include being a qualified elector of the 14th Judicial District at the time of admission and they must also have been admitted in the practice of law in Colorado for five years.

Districts courts in Colorado hear civil cases in any amount, as well as domestic relations, criminal, juvenile, probate and mental health cases, according to the Colorado Judicial Branch.

The current annual salary for this position is $193,008 according to a press release from the Colorado Judicial Department. The initial term of office for a district judge is a provisional term of two years. If the incumbent district judge is approved by the voters, they will serve a term of six years.

Applications are available online.

The completed application must be emailed and submitted as per the instructions no later than 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. Late applications will not be considered. Anyone who is wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by writing to any member of the nominating committee, with a copy to the ex-officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 28. The ex-officio chair of the nominating commission is Justice Carlos A. Samour Jr. The court executive is Peggy Gentles.

Under the rules of the 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission, names of the applicants shall be made public once the application period is closed.

The members of the nominating commission include Staci Nichols of Craig; Sandra Doudna of Grand Lake; Casey Quillen, Matthew Tjosvold, Randall Salky, Ryan Dougherty, and Linda “Lulu” Gould of Steamboat Springs.

Contact information for the nominating comission:

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