Fort Collins is beginning its first search for a chief municipal court judge since 1988.
Chief Judge Kathleen Lane plans to retire in July, so Fort Collins City Council plans to appoint a new person to her position before then.
The city’s chief judge oversees cases related to city ordinances, including traffic violations, misdemeanors and civil infractions. Cases usually originate from Fort Collins Police Services, Colorado State University Police Department, Larimer Humane Society (animal control), other city departments and private residents.
The municipal court also has an assistant judge, Teresa Ablao.
Council voted Tuesday to authorize an ad-hoc committee to create a plan for recruitment and selection, seek out bids from search firms and recommend one to council. The committee consists of Mayor Wade Troxell, Mayor pro-tem Kristin Stephens and council member Susan Gutowsky.
The hiring process for the new chief judge could take three to seven months, city manager Darin Atteberry said. Council is expected to set a 2020 salary for the chief judge position, one of three top city positions it oversees, at its Jan. 7 meeting.
The 2019 chief judge compensation was $144,290, including insurance and retirement benefits, with 41 holiday or vacation days. It’s a 0.75-full-time-equivalent position. The judge’s 2019 salary was lower than about 75% of chief judge salaries in Colorado benchmark cities, according to the city’s market analysis.
Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @jacymarmaduke. Support stories like this one with a digital subscription to the Coloradoan.
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