On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Linda Billings-Vela to serve as a county judge in Teller County (Fourth Judicial District). Billings-Vela will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Jackson L. Peters, Jr. and her appointment will be effective October 1.
Billings-Vela is from Teller County and currently serves as a magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District Court, where she has worked since 2009. She presides over the dependency and neglect docket and the family treatment drug court docket.
Previously, Billings-Vela worked for the Fourth Judicial District’s District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted criminal cases in the juvenile, county court, district court, and economic crimes division. Between her two periods of employment at that Office, she worked in the private sector. Her practice included general civil matters, school law, domestic relations, and municipal utilities law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and her J.D. from the University of Denver School of Law.