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Seven Denver County Court Judge Nominees Forwarded to Mayor Hancock

Denver - Mayor Michael B. Hancock has received the following seven nominees for Denver County Court Judge from the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission: 

  • Arnie Beckman
  • David Blackett
  • Andrew Luxen
  • Michelle Martinez
  • Richard Ott
  • Tanya Wheeler
  • James Zobel

The Mayor will interview the nominees and announce his selection on or before Jan. 16, 2020. The appointment will fill the vacancies created by the retirement of Judge Johnny C. Barajas and Judge Brian T. Campbell, as well as the vacancy due to the creation of a new judicial seat on the Denver County Court.

The Judicial Nomination Commission (“JNC”) is established by Charter. It is composed of three attorneys and four non-attorneys, appointed by the Mayor, serving a term of four years. The Presiding Judge of the Denver County Court Theresa Spahn serves in an ex-officio advisory capacity. When a judicial vacancy is created, the JNC announces the vacancy and the timeline in which to apply for nomination.

During the confidential process in which the JNC considers the candidates, the Commissioners apply rigorous and consistent standards for integrity, legal knowledge and ability, experience, temperament and diligence. The JNC carefully reviews the applications and selects candidates to interview. After the interviews and much deliberation, the JNC elects nominees for judicial vacancies for the Mayor’s consideration. Once the JNC has transmitted the names, the Mayor has 15 days in which to appoint the new County Court Judges.

For further information, starting Thursday, Jan. 2, please contact:

Romaine Pacheco, Mayor’s Office, Director of Boards and Commissions
720-865-9085, judicialappointment@denvergov.org   

For immediate assistance, please contact:
Presiding Judge Theresa Spahn, Denver County Court
720-865-7870, Theresa.spahn@denvercountycourt.org