When Montezuma County Court Judge Todd J. Plewe was appointed to the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court bench last week, his departure from the county court bench created a vacancy, for which applicants are now being sought by the commission charged with finding his successor.
The Twenty-Second District Judicial Nominating Commission plans to convene on Friday, October 15 to review applications and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. The meeting will be held at the Montezuma County Courthouse, 109 W. Main St., in Cortez. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists for Gov. Ritter to consider for appointment. The governor must announce the appointment within the 15-day period proscribed by the Colorado Constitution.
Judges in Montezuma County Court hear a mixed docket of traffic and misdemeanor cases, felony preliminary hearings, and domestic abuse restraining orders for the 25,000 residents of the county. The incoming county court judge will receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which he or she is retained by voter approval every four years. The Montezuma County Court judgeship is a part-time (90 percent) position, with an annual salary of $110,760.30.
Registered electors in Montezuma County who are high school graduates or have attained its equivalence (via a GED) are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about Montezuma County and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus seven copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Michael L. Bender, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Monday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m.
Judge Plewe took the oath of office in 2002, when he was appointed to the Montezuma County Court bench after several years in private practice. He lives in Cortez with his wife and three children. His departure from the Montezuma County Court is effective October 1.