Here’s a press release from Gov. Bill Ritter’s office:
GOV. RITTER APPOINTS THREE NEW JUDGES
Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has appointed three new judges – two district court judges in the 4th Judicial District and one county court judge in Douglas County:
Lawrence R. Bowling of Castle Rock will replace retiring Douglas County Judge Michelle Marker effective Jan. 1.
Timothy J. Schutz of Monument will replace retiring District Court Judge J. Patrick Kelly in the 4th Judicial District.
Barbara L. Hughes of Colorado Springs will replace retiring District Court Judge Timothy Simmons in the 4th Judicial District effective Dec. 31.
The 4th Judicial District serves El Paso and Teller counties.
Schutz is a founding member of the firm Hanes & Schutz, which was formed in 1992. Before that, he was an associate with Holland & Hart. He received his bachelor’s degree from Moorhead State University in 1984 and his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1987.
Hughes has served as a district court magistrate in the 4th Judicial District’s Probate Division since 2000. Prior to that, she was an attorney with Colorado Legal Services in Colorado Springs, an attorney with Pikes Peak Legal Services in Colorado Springs, a law clerk in the 4th Judicial District and an attorney with Zuckerman and Kleinman. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and her law degree from the University of Colorado in 1988.
For a district court judge, the initial term of office is a provisional term of two years. Thereafter, if retained by the voters, district court judges serve six-year terms at an annual salary of $128,598.