Polis Appoints Judge to Rio Blanco County Courts

F. Joseph Fennessy will fill two part-time vacancies

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday announced the appointment of F. Joseph Fennessy Jr. to fill two part-time vacancies on the Rio Blanco County and Rio Blanco associate courts in the 9th Judicial District. The vacancies will occur because of the retirement of Judge Laurie Noble, who held both positions.


Joseph Fennessy owns a private practice in Meeker, a position he has held since 1997. His practice focuses on civil litigation and transactional work.

Previously, Fennessy was a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District; law clerk and trial staff attorney at Aetna Life & Casualty; attorney at Chesteen & Halpin; deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District; Denver District Court clerk to Judge Susan Barnes; attorney at Hunt Brown Esq; and attorney at Thomas Barret & Associates. Fennessy received his bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1973 and his law degree from University of Tulsa Law School.

The appointments are effective July 2.

JUDICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 17th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for an Adams County Court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Dianna Roybal. The vacancy will occur on July 2. Nominees Brett Martin and MaryAnn Vielma, both of Commerce City; and Madoche Jean of Westminster were selected in a videoconference meeting on July 1.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from July 2 to appoint one of the nominees as a county court judge for Adams County.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at [email protected]

The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a Moffat County Court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Sandra Gardner. The vacancy will occur on Aug. 1. Ryan Hess and Brittany Schneider, both of Craig; and Mariah Poole of Steamboat Springs were selected in a videoconference meeting on July 1.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from July 2 to appoint one of the nominees as county court judge for Moffat County.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at [email protected] 

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