August 20, 2019

Montrose County Judge John Mitchel to Retire; Successor Nominees Sought

Montrose County Judge John J. Mitchel plans to retire in early January, State Judicial announced, and the Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking individuals interested in succeeding him on the bench.

The Commission will convene at the Montrose County Justice Center on Monday, August 9, to review applications and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. 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.

Judges in the Montrose County Court preside over traffic and misdemeanor criminal trials, civil cases under $15,000, restraining orders, felony preliminary hearings, and some felony sentencings. They 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 Mitchel’s successor will begin his or her term in January 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado and who are registered electors in Montrose County are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Montrose County Court and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus eight copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Monday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Judge Mitchel has presided as Montrose County Judge since June 2000, while also serving as Acting District Judge for Montrose and Delta counties drug courts.

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