Yesterday, Governor Ritter announced his appointment of Weld County Court Judge Timothy G. Kerns of Greeley to the District Court bench in the Nineteenth Judicial District. The appointment will be effective on January 1, 2011.
Kerns earned his J.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1994 and has served as a county court judge since 2007. Previously, he was a member of Furman, Kerns & Bauer in Fort Morgan, Erie, and Boulder, a member at Crespin, Kerns & Furman in Fort Morgan, pro bono counsel for the Lend-a-Lawyer program in Fort Morgan, and general counsel to U.S. Title in St. Charles, Missouri.
District Court judges serve an initial provisional term of office of two years before facing a retention election. If retained by the voters, District Court judges serve six-year terms.