Steamboat Springs attorney Shelley Anne Hill has been appointed the 14th Judicial District's new district judge.
Hill was selected late last week by Gov. Bill Owens to fill the position. The announcement was made Wednesday.
"I feel really, really humbled," Hill said. "I am really, really looking forward to the challenge."
Hill was selected over finalist Mary Hoak, a Grand County judge.
Hill worked as a magistrate for the 14th Judicial District for 4 1/2 years, a position she said motivated her to apply for the district judge position after she learned that District Judge Paul McLimans was retiring.
"It certainly cemented it. I've been aspiring (to be a judge) since I was a criminal prosecutor 20 years ago," she said. "I'm honored to join the bench with the excellent judges we have in this district."
Hill, who works for the law firm Klauzer & Tremaine, primarily has handled civil and divorce cases. Hill received her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and her law degree from Vermont Law School.
"Shelley Hill has extensive experience of a wide range of legal matters," Owens said in a statement. "Her legal experience, dedicated work ethic and professional demeanor will be a credit to the citizens of her district."
Hill's employer, Rich Tre-maine, agrees.
"With her background, capabilities, merit and character, I was not surprised she was selected," he said. "We were aware from early on that she was interested in working on the judge side of things."
District Administrator Evan Herman said Hill will take over McLimans' docket July 1.
"We're sorry to see Judge McLimans go because he did a great job for us. But we're just as excited to have Shelley with us. We're sure she'll do a great job for us, too," Herman said.
District Judge Michael O'Hara said he is glad Hill is joining the bench.
"Shelley's a great person. She did a great job for us as a magistrate and judicial officer. We're really looking forward to having her," he said.
O'Hara said having Hill step into McLimans' shoes the day he leaves will be a huge asset for the court system.
"I'm really glad she'll start as soon as Judge McLimans steps down. There will be a smooth transition. There will be no downtime," he said.
As far as her first day is concerned, Hill said she is focusing on closing one door before opening another.
"Right now, I'm trying to wind down my practice, so I haven't had a chance to get the jitters," she said. "I'm sure I'll start feeling them that Monday."