Steamboat Springs 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.