August 24, 2019

Douglas County Judge Michele Marker Announces Retirement Plans

The recent announcement of Douglas County Judge Michele A. Marker’s plan not to seek retention is the latest in a flurry of Colorado judicial retirements announced this summer, according to a press release (pdf) issued by State Judicial.

The Eighteenth District Judicial Nominating Committee will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, to review applications and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. The meeting will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse, 4000 Justice Way, in Castle Rock. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists for Gov. Bill Ritter to consider for appointment, and the governor will announce his appointee within 15 days.

County court judges receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every four years. The annual salary is $123,067. Judge Marker’s successor will begin his or her term on January 1, 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado and who are registered electors in Douglas County are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Eighteenth Judicial District and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus seven copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Alex J. Martinez, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Wednesday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Other Colorado judges announcing their retirement in recent weeks include Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, Fifth Judicial District Judge Terry Ruckriegle, Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Gilbert Gutierrez, Denver District Court Judge Stephen Phillips, and Jefferson County Judge Charles Hoppin.

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