District judge announces retirement

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— District Judge Paul McLimans will retire this summer after a little more than three years on the bench.

Fourteenth Judicial District Court Administrator Evan Herman said McLimans, who has worked as a district judge in the 14th Judicial District since March 2003, began discussing retirement with fellow District Judge Michael O'Hara and Herman weeks ago. McLimans announced his retirement Wednesday. His last day will be June 30.

The 14th District covers Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

Officials would like to have a new district judge hired and ready to work July 1.

"It depends on how long that person can wrap up what they're doing and come work for us. We're hoping whoever that person is will be able to start relatively quickly," Her-man said.

The 14th Judicial District posted an advertisement for McLimans' position the day he announced his retirement.

Herman said people interested in the position must submit applications by May 8.

A nominating commission composed of six 14th Judicial District residents who work in the district as attorneys or in other law-related arenas will review the applications. The commission also will interview the candidates and make appointment recommendations to Gov. Bill Owens, who will select a judge to replace McLimans.

Owens must select of the candidates for the position within 15 days of after receiving the recommendations from the nominating commission.

The chairman of the nominating commission is Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. The other nominating commission members are Robert Aaberg of Craig; Kris Hammond, Nancy B. Smith and Ron Smith of Steamboat; Tim Jantz of May-bell; and Michael Ritschard of Kremmling.

The nominating commission will meet May 15 to select two or three candidates to recommend to Owens.

When the commission receives all the applications, it has to make the names of applicants public for comment.

Herman said that when a new judge is selected, if that judge cannot start working in the district by July 1, the district will make a request to have a senior judge fill in until the regular judge can assume office.

Gov. Bill Owens appointed McLimans to the bench in 2003 to replace Judge Joel Thompson. Previously, McLimans was the district attorney for the 14th District. He was with the District Attorney's Office for 17 years. He was a prosecutor in Wisconsin and Colorado for 25 years before being named to the bench.

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