The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Monday, October 22, 2012, at the El Paso County Courthouse to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties). The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Hon. Kirk Samelson. The vacancy will occur on October 8, 2012.
Judge Samelson was appointed as a District Judge in 2000 and as the chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District in 2007. Judge Samelson hears civil and criminal cases; he also performs administrative duties as chief judge.
Eligible applicants for the appointment must be qualified electors of the Fourth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012. The appointed district court judge will serve a provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. If retained in the general election, judges serve additional six-year terms.