Applicants for new judgeship named


— Four people have applied to fill a new judgeship in the 14th Judicial District.

The applicants are Mary C. Hoak of Fraser; Steven A. Gall of Hot Sulphur Springs; and Kerry St. James and Tammy L. Jenson of Steamboat Springs. Hoak is a county judge in Grand County. St. James is assistant DA in the District Attorney's Office. Jenson is a former deputy district attorney who is now in private practice.

The governor will appoint the new judge based upon a recommendation from the Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. The commission will meet June 19 in Steamboat Springs to interview and select nominees. The district includes Moffat, Routt and Grand Counties. The new district court judgeship has been created pursuant to House Bill 07-1054 effective as of July 1, 2007.

To be eligible for appointment, the applicant must live in the Fourteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The annual salary is $118,972. The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of six years.

The application deadline was 5 p.m. June 1.

The Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission includes Robert Anderson, Granby; Michael Ritschard, Kremmling; Robert Aaberg, Craig; and Kris Hammond, Nancy B. Smith and Ron Smith, all of Steamboat Springs.

The 14th district has two judges now. The new judgeship is one of 43 being added statewide as a result of House Bill 1054.


Gladys 9 years, 10 months ago

Surely the 2 candidates from Steamboat will not be considered - can you even imagine St James as a Judge? In the Craig Daily Press, there is a story welcoming public comment on the candidates. Use your right to voice your opinion.


dundalk 9 years, 10 months ago

Hash sez:

"St James ...he followed the law". I am sorry, who are you speaking of? We might as well turn the future of our city over to a Disneylnd employee - maybe Pluto or Goofey/


JQPUBLIC 9 years, 10 months ago

I watched Jenson (as an ada) lose a jury trial that never should have went to court. She allowed herself to prosecute (with crap evidence) for "the good ole girl" club. I wish Hoak and Gall all the luck in the world.


vic 9 years, 10 months ago

St James is already on such a power trip, I cannot even imagine him as a Judge - Fair? Only by chance. I believe he will be making "decisions" that are not his place to make. In addition, I do not believe he has the ability to be impartial. As for Jenson, I don't know how long she has been practicing, but she strikes me as a greenhorn. So I am hoping she is just new at it, not stupid at it. Either way, one of the other candidates HAS to be better qualified than either of ours.


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