Process begins to fill Sixth Judicial District Court vacancy


    By Jon Sarché
    Special to The SUN

    The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the La Plata County Courthouse to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Sixth Judicial District (Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties).

    The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable David L. Dickinson.  The vacancy will occur on Feb. 28, 2013.

    To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Sixth 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 $128,598.  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 Alison H. Eid, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Eric Hogue, 1060 E. Second Ave., Room 106, Durango, CO 81301.  Applications also are available on the court’s home page at

    An electronic copy of the application in PDF format must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. 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. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

    The members of the nominating commission for the Sixth Judicial District are:  Lisa Scott and James Ford of Pagosa Springs; Stephen Fearn of Silverton; John Baxter, Thomas Shipps, Robert Oswald and Gary Lindsay, of Durango.