July 19, 2019

Jeffco County Judge Charles Hoppin Retiring; Applicants Sought for Vacancy

State Judicial announced this morning the January 2011 retirement of Jefferson County Court Judge Charles T. Hoppin and a request for applications for individuals interested in succeeding him on the bench.

The First District Judicial Nominating Committee will convene on Monday, August 16, to review applications and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. The meeting will be held in the training room of the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, in Golden. 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 Jefferson County Court preside over traffic, misdemeanor, and civil cases, as well as process felonies through preliminary hearing proceedings. 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 Hoppin’s successor will begin his or her term in January 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado and who are registered electors in Jefferson County are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Jefferson County Court 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 Nathan B. Coats, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Wednesday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Judge Hoppin has served as Jefferson County Court judge since May 1996. From 1972 to 1996, he was in private practice, specializing in domestic relations and criminal defense cases. He was a Deputy District Attorney from 1969 to 1972.

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