Fourth Judicial District announces District Court vacancy

09/06/2023 4:50 PM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Nov. 6, 2023, at the El Paso County Courthouse (270 S. Tejon. Street, Colorado Spring, CO, 80903) to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties). The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Thomas Kane. The vacancy will occur on Jan. 1, 2024.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Fourth Judicial District at the time of investiture and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $193,008. 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 Monica M. Márquez, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the deputy court executive, Bridget Collins, 719-452-5000. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at

The completed application must be e-mailed to the address listed in the instructions below no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2023. 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. on Sept 22, 2023.

The members of the nominating commission for the 4th Judicial District are: Kathleen Cefus of Divide; Michael Allen of Monument; Stella Hodgkins, Lisa Dailey, C. Onye Ikwaukor, Roland Rainey, and Misty Plowright of Colorado Springs.

Editor’s Note:  Contact information for the nominating commission members: 

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P.O. Box 429, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-0429

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