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13th Judicial District announces Phillips County Court vacancy

Commission sets date to select nominees
Deadline to apply 
April 9, 2014


                The Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet April 25, 2014, at the Logan County Courthouse (110 N. Riverview Road, Sterling, CO 80751) to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Phillips County.  The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable David O. Colver.  The vacancy will occur on May 30, 2014.

                To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of Phillips County and have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education, based upon the record made on the General Education Development test.  This is a 20 percent position and the annual salary is $25,299.  The initial term of office of a county judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent county judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of four years.

                Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Monica M. Márquez, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Douglas Short, Logan County Courthouse, 110 N. Riverview Road, Sterling, CO 80751. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at

                The original application must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. April 9, 2014.  Please see the application instructions below. Late applications will not be considered.  Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. April 2, 2014.

The members of the nominating commission for the Thirteenth Judicial District are: Jeffrey Cure, Burlington; Kerri Hansen, Yuma; David Garnas, Julesburg; Edward Zorn, Fort Morgan; Jerold Brandt, Holyoke; and Brigitte Shafer, Akron.


Editor’s Note:  Contact information for the nominating commission members

•             Jerold Brandt, 246 S. Interocean, Holyoke, CO 80734

•             Jeffrey Cure, 336 14th St., Burlington, CO 80807

•             David Garnas, 900 Cedar St., Julesburg, CO 80737

•             Kerri Hansen, 107 South Gum St., Yuma, CO 80759

•             Brigitte Shafer, 27736 CR 51, Akron, CO 80720

•             Edward Zorn, 626 E. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, CO 80701


There is currently one vacancy on this Commission.







1. The application form for a Colorado state court judgeship can be found on the Judicial Branch website at  You should only use the application that says it was updated 04/09.  Do not use a prior version of the application.  Please be complete and thorough in answering the questions; and, if an answer to any question requires more space than provided, you may attach additional pages for each question at the end of the application.  It is preferable that you use plain white paper.  Do not use a font smaller than 12 pt. and do not make the margins smaller than 1”.

2. You must submit one original, signed and scanable application.  Please do not use any sort of binder (no notebooks, covers or tabs).   Do not use heavy-weight “resume” type paper.

3. You may submit original signed reference letters from up to five individuals who are in a position to comment upon your qualifications for a judicial position. You may include these letters with your application, or have them sent to us directly.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all letters of reference are submitted to the Ex Officio Chair on or before the application deadline.  Letters received late may not receive consideration by the Commission.

4. Attach a copy of your resume to the application.

5. Your application and reference letters should be received at following address:

Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission
Justice Monica M. Márquez, Ex Officio Chair
2 E. 14th Avenue, Clerk’s Office
Denver, Colorado 80203

6. Your application must be received at the above address no later than: (4 p.m. on April 9, 2014).

7. Call the Colorado Supreme Court Clerk’s office with questions: 720-625-5157.