Judge Petre to retire Oct. 1

Ryan Summerlin
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Daniel Petre

After 12 years on the bench, Judge Daniel Petre is retiring effective Oct. 1.

Petre is a Glenwood Springs native who attended Dartmouth College, got his law degree at Southern Methodist University and returned to his hometown to work in private practice for 24 years.

Former Gov. Bill Owens appointed Petre to the bench in 2004.

Before becoming a judge, he served as Water Division Five’s water referee, as district court magistrate and in the local and state bar associations, according to the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation.

Petre also served on the RE-1 school board, the Garfield Legal Services board and volunteered to judge high school mock trials.

On Sept. 21 the 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission will interview nominees for the vacancy and select which nominees to send to Gov. John Hickenlooper for appointment.

Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years and must be a qualified elector of the 9th Judicial District at the time they would take the position. The position pays $159,320 a year.

District judges first serve two years in a provisional term, and if the voters decide to retain that judge the following terms are for six years.

Applications are available at

The application deadline is Aug. 31.


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