Judgeship Finalists Announced, Court Service-improvement Program Returns

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The Judiciary 

Finalists for two county court judgeships were announced this week. 

The Colorado Judicial Department announced Oct. 4 that the First Judicial District Nominating Commission nominated three candidates for a Jefferson County court judgeship created by the Oct. 31 retirement of Judge K.J. Moore. The nominees, Keith Gorman of Littleton, and Christopher Rhamey and Amber St. Clair, both of Arvada, were selected on Sept. 30. 

The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission nominated two candidates, Michael Halpin of Wetmore and Troy Krenning of Loveland, for a Custer County court judgeship. The Colorado Judicial Department announced Oct. 5 that the vacancy, effective Nov. 9, was created by Judge Amanda Hunter’s appointment to the District Court bench. 

The governor has 15 days from Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, respectively, to appoint one of the nominees as county court judge for each of the counties. 

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright appointed Judge Todd Plewe Oct. 7 to serve as the chief justice of the 22nd Judicial District for Dolores and Montezuma counties. Plewe is filling the vacancy created by the Jan. 10, 2023, retirement of Chief Judge Douglas Walker. As chief judge, Plewe will serve as the administrative head of the district. 


Abby Dvorkin, of counsel in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office, was appointed to the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board, the firm announced Oct. 3. The board regulates things like aerial tramways and surface lifts for recreational purposes and establishes standards and investigates accidents. The seven-member board is appointed by Gov. Jared Polis, and Dvorkin will serve a four-year term. 

Odds and Ends 

A service-improvement program for courts is returning to several judicial districts across Colorado, the Colorado Judicial Department announced Oct. 7. Those with business in the 1st, 4th, 8th, 9th and 12th Judicial Districts will be invited to participate in a pilot program gathering feedback from court users, which the courts will use to improve services. The feedback system — available for everyone who interacts with the courts — is a three-minute electronic survey. Similar surveys were administered in person, but the Colorado Judicial Department said in a press release that the electronic survey would be available continuously and the new format has the potential to increase responses. The five districts, which cover over 15 counties, will run the pilot program through the end of 2022.  The survey link will be distributed via email and business cards and will be posted in courthouses. 

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