Less than a week after stroke, Judge Garrecht is back on the bench
January 9, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Judge James Garrecht said he would be back to work today, less than a week after doctors think he suffered a stroke while residing over court at the Routt County Justice Center.
"Fortunately it was a minor one," Garrecht said Sunday. "The recovery was real quick. I don't have any residual effects or anything."
Garrecht, 61, said he was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Denver for treatment and released Friday night. The stroke occurred Wednesday.
On Sunday he said he was feeling fine and was in Denver to attend the Denver Broncos playoff game.
According to Colorado's Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, Garrecht was appointed to the Routt County Court in 1987. Before that he was a private attorney who focused on criminal and domestic cases. Garrecht also served as a deputy district attorney in the Fifteenth and Fourteenth Judicial Districts from 1979 to 1982. As the Routt County Judge, Garrecht oversees all county cases, which includes civil, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, felony advisements and preliminary hearings.
Routt County voters again voted to retain Garrecht in the November 2010 election.