September 21, 2017

James Craig Dolezal Appointed to Sedgwick County Court

On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s appointment of James Craig Dolezal to the Sedgwick County Court. Dolezal will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tera Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

Dolezal is currently an enumerator with the National Agriculture Statistic Service and the State of Colorado Division of the National Association of States Department of Agriculture. He has also been a financial advisor for JCD Wealth Management Services and UBS Financial Services, staff executive for George S. May Co., operations manager for Larson Motors, and has held various other positions in banking and business ownership. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Nominees Selected for Sedgwick County Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of two nominees to fill a vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tera N. Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

The two nominees are James Dolezal of Julesburg and Belinda Obermier of Julesburg. James Dolezal is an Investment Advisor Representative at JCD Wealth Management. Belinda Obermier is at Cabela’s in Sydney, Nebraska.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days in which to appoint one of the nominees to the vacancy. Comments regarding either of the nominees may be emailed to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the candidates, click here.

Application Period Open for Sedgwick County Court Vacancy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced an upcoming vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court in the 13th Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Hon. Tera N. Neugebauer, effective May 1, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the 13th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Monica Marquez. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 4, 2017, to be considered. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than March 28, 2017.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Kelly S. Hansen Appointed to Washington County Court

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Kelly S. Hansen to the Washington County Court, effective July 1, 2016. Hansen will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Carl S. McGuire, III, to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court.

Hansen is currently a solo practitioner at Hansen Law, LLC, where she concentrates her practice on real estate, estate planning, and probate. She is also municipal court judge for the Town of Akron. Previously, she had been a city attorney for the City of Yuma and an associate at W.B. Paynter, P.C. She also served as a staff attorney for Mountain States Legal Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Application Period Open for Washington County Court Vacancy

On Friday, May 27, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced a vacancy on the Washington County Court, created by the appointment of Hon. Carl S. McGuire, III, to the district court bench. The vacancy will occur on July 1, 2016.

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Washington County at the time of investiture and must have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website or from Justice Gabriel, the ex officio chair of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 6, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on June 29, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Carl S. McGuire, III, Appointed to 13th Judicial District Court

McGuire (Formatted)On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Carl S. McGuire, III, to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court. McGuire will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Douglas R. Vannoy, effective July 1, 2016.

McGuire is currently a magistrate judge in the Thirteenth Judicial District, where he mostly hears domestic relations cases. He is also a judge on the Washington County Court bench. He was appointed to the Washington County Court in November 2004, where he presides over a docket of traffic misdemeanor, traffic infraction, criminal misdemeanor, and civil cases. Prior to his appointments to the bench, McGuire was a member of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He also has been a municipal court judge, an attorney in private practice for the towns of Wiggins, Hillrose, Akron, Iliff, Log Lane Village, and Fleming, and worked at Brandenburg & McGuire, P.C. and the Law Office of Carl S. McGuire III. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from University of Wyoming College of Law.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Hon. Douglas Vannoy to Retire from 13th Judicial District Court

vannoyOn Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Hon. Douglas R. Vannoy will retire from the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, effective July 1, 2016.

Judge Vannoy was appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial District Court in 1988, where he hears a full range of cases, including civil, domestic relations, juvenile, and felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in a private practice, where he was a general practitioner. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Thirteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website or from the ex officio chair of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 18, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 11, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy and the application process, click here.

Judicial Performance Commission Appointments Announced

On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper announced appointments to several Commissions on Judicial Performance. These appointments are effective December 1, 2015, for terms expiring November 30, 2019. The Commissions on Judicial Performance were created by the General Assembly in 1988 in order to provide voters with fair, responsible, and constructive evaluations of judges seeking retention. Each of Colorado’s judicial districts has a Commission and there is one for the state appellate judges. Commissions consist of ten volunteer commissioners — four attorneys and six non-attorneys. Governor Hickenlooper’s appointments are as follows:

  • State Commission on Judicial Performance – Suzanne Jalbert of Fraser was appointed to serve as a non-attorney.
  • Third Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Nancy Lake of Weston was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Eleventh Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Jenna Mazzucca of Salida was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Amy Schmidt of Laird was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Fifteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Joshua Vogel of Lamar was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Heidi Miller of Commerce City was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Valerie Garcia of Centennial was appointed to serve as an attorney.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission – Martin Beier of Frederick was appointed to serve as an attorney.

For more information about the commissions on judicial performance, click here. For more information about the appointments, click here.

Garen Drew Gervey of Sterling Appointed to 13th Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the governor’s office announced Governor Hickenlooper’s appointment of Garen Drew Gervey of Sterling to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Thirteenth Judicial District. Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a nominating commission that evaluates candidates for judicial vacancies and recommends nominees for the governor to appoint.

Members of the nominating commission are appointed for six year terms. Nominating commissions for most judicial districts comprise four non-attorneys and three attorneys, no more than four of which can have the same political affiliation. Gervey was appointed to serve as an unaffiliated attorney. For more information about the appointment, click here.

Tera Neugebauer Appointed to Sedgwick County Court Bench

On Friday, June 13, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced his appointment of Tera Neugebauer to the bench of the Sedgwick County Court. She will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tawna Holmstedt. The appointment is effective immediately.

Neugebauer is currently a sheriff’s deputy in the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to that, she was a police officer with the Fort Lupton Police Department. She earned a Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate in 2006 from Aims Community College.

Nominees Selected for Sedgwick County Court Judgeship

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three nominees for appointment to the bench of the Sedgwick County Court in the Thirteenth Judicial District. The three finalists are Pamela Kler of Julesberg, Tara Neugebauer of Ovid, and Kelly Lowery of Omaha, Nebraska. The appointed nominee will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Tawna Holmstedt, effective April 30, 2014.

The governor has 15 days from May 30 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the bench. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. Contact information for the nominees is available on the State Judicial website.

Kimbra Killin Appointed to Phillips County Court

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Kimbra Killin to the Phillips County Court bench in the Thirteenth Judicial District. The appointment is effective May 30, 2014, upon the retirement of Hon. David O. Colver.

Ms. Killin currently is a partner at Colver, Killin & Sprague, LLP in Holyoke, where she practices in the areas of real estate, title work, agricultural issues, probate, estate planning, and entity formation. Prior to working at Colver, Killin & Sprague, she worked as a special county attorney for the Phillips and Sedgwick county departments of human services. She received her undergraduate degree from Regis University and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.