April 18, 2019

Samuel Vigil Selected for Judgeship in Bent County Court

On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper announced his selection of Samuel S. Vigil for a part-time judgeship in Bent County. Judge Vigil will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Hon. Mark A. MacDonnell to the Sixteenth Judicial District Court bench. Judge Vigil’s appointment is effective immediately.

Samuel Vigil works in private practice in Las Animas. Previously, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Sixteenth Judicial District. He also worked at Hudson Legal, where he practiced criminal law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and his juris doctorate from Tulane University Law School.

 

Governor Hickenlooper Announces Appointment to Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission

On Monday, January 28, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper announced an appointment to the Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Nathan Shultz of La Junta was appointed to serve as an attorney and a Republican from Otero County. His appointment is effective until December 31, 2018. Mr. Shultz will replace Philip Palmer of La Junta, who resigned.

Each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts has a nominating commission comprised of seven members who reside in the district. No more than four members can be from the same political party, and each county in the district must have at least one resident representative. In districts in which the population is over 35,000, three of the members of the nominating commission must be attorneys admitted to practice law in Colorado, and the other four may not be admitted to practice law.

 

Hon. Mark A. MacDonnell Appointed to Sixteenth Judicial District Court Bench

On Friday, December 21, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of the Honorable Mark A. MacDonnell to the district court bench in the Sixteenth Judicial District. Judge MacDonnell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Jon Kolomitz, effective February 3, 2013.

Judge MacDonnell currently serves on the Bent County bench in the Sixteenth Judicial District. He also works as a solo practitioner and concentrates his practice on local government representation. He serves as a county attorney for Bent and Crowley counties; he represents the Bent, Crowley, and Prowers County Departments of Social Services; and he represents the City of Las Animas and several special districts.

Judge MacDonnell’s appointment creates a vacancy on the bench of the Bent County Court. The Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Monday, January 28, 2013 to select nominees to fill this vacancy. To be eligible for appointment, nominees must be qualified electors of Bent County and have graduated high school or attained the equivalency. Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Marquez, or from the court’s website. Applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Suggestions of persons to fill the vacancy must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Finalists Selected for Sixteenth Judicial District Court Bench

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission announced its selection of three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Sixteenth Judicial District Court bench. The vacancy is created by the retirement of the Honorable Jon Kolomitz, effective February 2, 2013.

The nominees are William Judson Culver, of Rocky Ford; Rodney D. Fouracre, Sr., of La Junta; and Mark Andrew MacDowell, of Las Animas. The nominees were selected by the commission on December 10, 2012.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from December 11, 2012 in which to appoint one of the nominees to the bench in the Sixteenth Judicial District. Comments regarding any of the nominees can be submitted to the governor via email at judicial.appointments@state.co.us. Contact information for the nominees can be found here.

The Honorable M. Jon Kolomitz to Retire from Sixteenth Judicial District Court Bench

The Sixteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Monday, December 10, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the bench of the district court in the Sixteenth Judicial District. The Sixteenth Judicial District comprises Bent, Otero, and Crowley counties. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable M. Jon Kolomitz.

Judge M. Jon Kolomitz was appointed to the District Court bench on February 1, 1985. He became Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial District in July 1988. As the Chief Judge, Judge Kolomitz performs administrative duties overseeing court administration within the District. These administrative duties are in addition to his primary duties as a trial judge. As a District Judge, Judge Kolomitz hears felony criminal, domestic relations (including Dependency and Neglect cases), probate, mental health and civil cases.

Eligible applicants to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the Sixteenth Judicial District, and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Brian Boatright, and also from the office of the district administrator and the State Judicial website. Applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on November 27, 2012.

Further information about the vacancy is available here from the Colorado State Judicial Branch.