On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender appointed the Honorable Deborah Eyler as the new chief judge and the Honorable Larry Schwartz as the new water court judge in the Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County). Chief Justice Bender made the appointments to fill positions currently held by Chief Judge C. Dennis Maes, who will retire from the bench on May 31.
The appointment of Judge Eyler to chief judge is effective June 1, upon Chief Judge Maes’ retirement. The appointment of Judge Schwartz to water judge is effective immediately. Chief Judge Maes will continue to serve as a water judge until his retirement.
Judge Eyler was appointed by Governor Ritter to the district court bench in August of 2008 and took the bench on December 1, 2008. Before being appointed to the bench she was in private practice. As a district court judge, Judge Eyler presides over a domestic relations, dependency and neglect and truancy docket.
Judge Schwartz was appointed to the bench by Governor Ritter in March of 2008, and began serving July 1, 2008. He began his law career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office in November of 1982. From 1985 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Schwartz was in private practice.
Colorado is divided into twenty-two judicial districts, each with a chief judge who serves as the administrative head. Chief judges’ responsibilities include appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer, and clerks of the court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district, seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively, and making judicial assignments within the district.
Water judges are district judges appointed by the Supreme Court and have jurisdiction in the determination of water rights, the use and administration of water, and all other water matters within the jurisdiction of the water divisions.