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First Judicial District announces District Court vacancy

Commission sets date to select nominees
Applications due no later than 4 p.m. April 21, 2014

The First Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet May 7, 2014, at the Jefferson Combined Courts to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the First Judicial District (Gilpin and Jefferson counties).  The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Jack W. Berryhill.  The vacancy will occur on July 1, 2014.

To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the First Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years.  The annual salary for this position is $133,228.  The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of six years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Allison H. Eid, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Caren Stanley, 100 Jefferson County Pkwy., Golden, CO 80401.  Applications also are available on the court’s home page at

An original, signed application along with an identical copy stored electronically as a PDF file must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. April 21, 2014 (please see the attached instructions for more detail).  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 14, 2014.

The members of the nominating commission for the First Judicial District are:  Scott Hutchings, Heather Lipp and Thomas Overton of Golden; Franz Frechette of Black Hawk; Dennis Brown of Wheat Ridge; David Bock of Littleton; and Marie Wheatley of Lakewood.

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

  • Scott Hutchings, 245 S. Flora Way, Golden, CO 80401
  • Heather Lipp, 12300 Liberty Blvd., Englewood, CO 80112
  • Thomas Overton, 1080 Kalamath St., Denver, CO 80204
  • Franz Frechette, P.O. Box 1200, Nederland, CO 80466
  • Dennis Brown, 555 17th St., Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202
  • David Bock, 3940 S. Teller St., Lakewood, CO 80235
  • Marie Wheatley, 14065 W. Virginia Dr., Lakewood, CO 80228









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, attach a separate sheet of paper for each question.

2. Do not change the margins or font size on the application.

3. You must submit one original signed application along with an identical copy of your application electronically as a PDF file (preferably in text searchable format) on a CD or flash drive (these will not be returned).   Your signature is not required on the electronic copy.

4. You must submit the names of not less than three nor more than five individuals from whom you are requesting a letter of reference.  Such letters of reference shall be strictly confidential.  All such letters shall be sent directly to the First Judicial District Nominating Commission, c/o Justice Allison H. Eid, Ex Officio Chair, at the address shown below.  You are instructed to tell your references not to send the original or a copy to you.  A request for reference form is attached and must be used for each reference requested.  In order to assure consideration of the letters of reference, they must be received on or before April 21, 2014.

5. Submit your original signed application along with the electronic copy to the following address:

First Judicial District Nominating Commission
c/o Justice Allison H. Eid, Ex Officio Chair
2 E. 14th Avenue
Denver, Colorado  80203

We do not accept emails of any application materials.

6. Your application must be filed no later than: 4 p.m. on April 21, 2014.

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




Applicant should send a copy of this instruction to each of his or her requested references.


REQUESTED REFERENCE ON BEHALF OF ___________________________________.

                                                                                                                (Name of Applicant)

The above individual is applying for an existing vacancy on the First Judicial District Court bench.  The applicant is requesting that you write a letter of reference.  It is not inappropriate for you to decline to do so.  In writing such a letter, the Judicial Nominating Commission requests that you specifically address both the strengths and weaknesses of the applicant under separate headings.  If you believe the applicant has no weaknesses relative to his or her capabilities to be a District Court judge, you may so state.  Finally, please rate the applicant, i.e., outstanding, excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor.  All letters of reference are strictly confidentialA copy may not be sent to the applicant.  The original only (no additional copies are needed) must be sent directly to:

Justice Allison H. Eid, Ex Officio Chair
First Judicial District Nominating Commission
2 East 14th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203 

*****Please be sure the reference letters are received by April 21, 2014.*****

It is extremely important to the Commission that you be as objective as possible in assessing the applicant’s qualifications.  We rely very heavily on letters of reference and, unless you are totally objective in your comments, the Commission cannot properly carry out its function.  Do not feel compelled to endorse the applicant merely because you have been asked to write a letter of reference on his or her behalf.



                                                                                First Judicial District Nominating Commission