Routt County Court Judge Candidates Announced
The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission revealed on Friday, January 21 the names of the nine people who have applied to be nominated as a judge for Routt County.
The application deadline was Tuesday, January 18. According to the rules of procedure, the nominating committee is required to publish the names of all candidates once the nomination period has ended.
The nine contestants are Melinda Carlson of Hayden, Jeffrey Colwell of Littleton, Jay Cranmer of Craig, Todd Elenz of Steamboat Springs, Matthew Karzen of Steamboat Springs, Sara Smith of Craig, Lynaia South of Steamboat Springs, Jeffrey Walsh of Steamboat Springs and Erin. Wilson of Steamboat Springs.
The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission plans to meet by videoconference Feb. 2 to interview and select candidates for the governor’s nomination as a judge for Routt County.
The opening was created by the scheduled March 7 retirement of Judge James H. Garrecht, who was appointed in 1987. Judge Garrecht currently hears all county court matters, including civil cases, code violations traffic violations, misdemeanors, crime notices and preliminary hearings.
To be eligible for nomination to fill the upcoming vacancy, the candidate must be a qualified Routt County voter and have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The annual salary for this position is $136,627. The initial term of a county judge is a two-year provisional term. After that, the incumbent county judge, if approved by voters, will serve a four-year term.
Public comments on nominee qualifications are invited. Members of the nominating commission for the 14th Judicial District are James Osborne of Craig; Harper Louden, Matthew Tjosvold, Randall Salky, Ryan Dougherty and Lulu Gould of Steamboat Springs; and Sandra Doudna of Grand Lake.
The ex officio chair of the commission is Justice Melissa Hart of the Colorado Supreme Court.