October 22, 2017

Shannon Gerhart Appointed to El Paso County Court

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the governor’s office announced the appointment of Shannon Gerhart to the El Paso County Court. Gerhart will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Jonathan Walker, effective February 15, 2017.

Gerhart is currently the Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. She has been at that office since 2001, and previously served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney and Deputy District Attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Four New Judges Appointed to Colorado County and District Courts

Governor Bill Ritter named four new judges to county and district courts in Colorado today, including three in Colorado Springs.

  • Douglas Joseph Miles of Manitou Springs was appointed to become an El Paso County Court judge, effective January 1, 2010. Miles is currently the attorney adviser to Aequitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women, where he has worked since 2009. Prior to that, he was the chief deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District, which serves El Paso and Teller counties, from 1984 to 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1984.
  • Michael Paul McHenry of Colorado Springs was appointed to become a District Court judge in the 4th Judicial District, effective January 1, 2010. McHenry is currently a senior deputy public defender at the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. He has been with the office since 1991. McHenry earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1991.
  • William Burlingham Bain of Colorado Springs was appointed to become a District Court judge in the 4th Judicial District, effective January 1, 2010. He is currently assistant city attorney for Colorado Springs and has previously worked as a civil litigator at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1990 and his law degree from Cornell University in 1996.
  • Elizabeth Beebe Volz of Parker was appointed to become a District Court judge in the 18th Judicial District, which serves Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, effective January 1, 2010. Volz is currently senior counsel at Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray, where she has worked since 2002. She has previously practiced law in both the public and private sectors in Colorado, Maryland, South Carolina and Guam. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College in New York in 1976 and her law degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 1979.

County court judges serve four-year terms if retained by the voters after a two-year provisional term.

District court judges serve six-year terms if retained by the voters after a two-year provisional term.