Larimer County Judge Cynthia M. Hartman plans to retire this November, State Judicial announced Friday, and the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking individuals interested in succeeding her on the bench.
The seven-member Commission will convene at the Larimer County Justice Center in Old Town Fort Collins on Monday, August 16, to review applications and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists for Gov. Bill Ritter to consider for appointment, and the governor will announce his appointee within 15 days.
Judges in the Larimer County Court preside over traffic, small claims (up to $7,500), civil (up to $15,000), infractions, and misdemeanor cases. They receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every four years. The annual salary is $123,067.
All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado and who are registered electors in Larimer County are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Larimer County Court and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus eight copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Monday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Judge Hartman devoted most of her legal career to public service, starting in 1981, as staff attorney, then managing attorney, for Colorado Rural Legal Services (now Colorado Legal Services). In 1998, she became a district court magistrate, where she presided over a family law and small claims docket for ten years, until Gov. Ritter appointed her to the county court bench in 2008. She has elected to retire at the end of this, her provisional two-year, term.
In other Eighth Judicial District news, Larimer County this month began operating a specialized DUI Court, the eighth such court in Colorado. DUI courts focus on rehabilitation, rather than incarceration, as a way to defeat recidivism in repeat DUI offenders. Magistrate Matthew Zehe presides over the Larimer County DUI Court.