The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet June 4, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of County Judge for San Miguel County. The vacancy is created by the May 5 passing of the Honorable Sharon E. Shuteran.
Judge Shuteran was a fourth generation Coloradoan and resident of Telluride. She graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1978 and was appointed to the San Miguel County Court in 1984. Prior to her appointment, Judge Shuteran worked as a VISTA attorney for Legal Services in Denver and then as a Deputy District Attorney specializing in criminal law. She was also a trained mediator and conflict coach. Judge Shuteran helped establish and preside over the San Miguel Alternative Court, a program for defendants with alcohol or drug problems.
Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of San Miguel County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education. Applications must be received by Tuesday, May 29. The appointed county court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve four-year terms.