On Friday, September 9, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Michael Anthony Gonzales to serve as a district judge in the Twelfth Judicial District, which serves Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties. Gonzales will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable O. John Kuenhold and his appointment will be effective October 1.
Gonzales is from Alamosa and currently serves as the Alamosa County Court Judge, where he has worked since 2007. He has spent the majority of his career working on criminal law prosecution and litigation.
Previously, Gonzales worked in the Twelfth Judicial District’s Office of the District Attorney, serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney for six years. Before that, he worked as an adjunct professor at Trinidad State College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and his law degree from the University of Colorado.