12th Judicial District announces Costilla County Court vacancy


Costilla County Judge Wood resigns

Costilla County Judge Kimberly Wood has resigned, effective January 10, 2023. No details are known related to Judge Wood’s future plans at this time.

As a result of Judge Wood’s resignation, the Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Aug. 16, 2022 to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Costilla County.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of Costilla County at the time of investiture and have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education, based upon the record made on the General Education Development test. The annual salary for this position is $43,977, and it is a 25 percent position. The initial term of office of a county judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent county judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of four years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice William W. Hood III, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the court executive, Christina A. Wingert, 8955 Independence Way, Alamosa, CO 81101. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm.

The completed application must be e-mailed to the address listed in the instructions below no later than 4 p.m. on July 27, 2022. 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 July 20, 2022.

The members of the nominating commission for the Twelfth Judicial District are: Terry Wetherill and Charles Powers of Creede; Junita Martinez of San Luis; John Montgomery of Del Norte; James Valenti of Alamosa; Emma Martinez of La Jara; and Christine Canaly of Crestone.

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