June 18, 2019

Swift Appointed as New Chief Judge in Twelfth Judicial District

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender has appointed the Honorable Pattie P. Swift as the new chief judge in the Twelfth Judicial District, which serves Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties.

Judge Swift will replace Chief Judge O. John Kuenhold, who is retiring as of October 1, 2011. Judge Swift’s appointment will be effective as of that date.

Judge Swift began her judicial career when she was appointed to the Costilla County Court bench in 1989. She was appointed District Judge in 2002.

Colorado is divided into twenty-two judicial districts, each with a chief judge who serves as 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.

Click here to read the full release from State Judicial concerning the appointment.

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