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.

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.

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.

Vacancy Announced on Sedgwick County Court in 13th Judicial District

The Colorado State Judicial Branch announced on Monday, April 21, 2014, that there is a vacancy on the Sedgwick County Court to be created by the resignation of Hon. Tawna Holmstedt, who was appointed to that position in February 2014. Her resignation is effective April 30, 2014.

Eligible applicants for the vacancy must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and must have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education. The position is a 20 percent position, and the annual salary is $25,499.

Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and from the ex officio chair of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Gregory Hobbs. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so by 4 p.m. on May 14, 2014. For more information on the nominating commission and the vacancy, click here.

Governor Hickenlooper Appoints James Michael Wittler to Sedgwick County Court

On Friday, December 9, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of James Michael Wittler to serve as a county court judge in the Thirteenth Judicial District. His judicial appointment is effective February 3, 2012.

Wittler will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Max E. Carlson.

Wittler, of Julesberg, currently practices law with Vandermoer & Carlson, P.C., where he focuses on property, real estate, estate planning, probate, contracts, family law, and employment. Previously, he worked for the U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist. He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University; he earned his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on Sedgwick County Court

The Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a Sedgwick County Court judgeship created by the retirement of the Honorable Max E. Carlson, effective February 3, 2012.

The nominees for the bench are Lori Hulbert of Sterling, and Dana LaBarr and James Wittler, both of Julesburg. All finalists were selected by the Committee on Monday, November 28, 2011.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until December 14, 2011 to appoint one of the nominees as County Court Judge for Sedgwick County.

Comments regarding any of the nominees can be emailed to the Governor’s Office.

Judge Max E. Carlson to Retire from Sedgwick County Court Bench

The Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Monday, November 28, 2011 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of County Court Judge for Sedgwick County. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Max E. Carlson on February 3, 2012.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education, based upon the record made on the General Education Development test. Applications must be received by Monday, November 14. 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.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available from the Colorado Judicial Branch.