18th Judicial District Judge Mark Hannen retiring, vacancy opens
The 18th Judicial District announced last week the impending retirement of District Court Judge J. Mark Hannen, effective 1 July 2015.
Judge Hannen has served as a district court judge since his appointment in 2002; prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as the Douglas County Attorney since 1989, after a number of years in private practice as an attorney.
The court’s official retirement announcement (and notice of impending vacancy) was released on 6 April, and also gave notice of the schedule for reviewing applications and nominations:
The Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on May 20, 2015, at the Arapahoe County Justice Center to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Eighteenth Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties).
Judge Hannen was last retained in office (receiving 75% “yes” votes for retention) in November 2012 (see Clear The Bench Colorado‘s “Know Your Judge” 2012 Citizen Inputs for background). Interestingly, Judge Hannen received a more divergent number of comments – some very positive, some very negative – than any other district judge on that year’s ballot.]
As announced by the court,
To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $145,219. 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 Brian D. Boatright, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Laurie McKager, 7325 S. Potomac St., Centennial, CO 80112.
Applications also are available on the court’s home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm
For a complete explanation of the judicial nominating process in Colorado, read: