Judge to step down
After 20 years on the bench of the Pitkin County District Court, Judge Tam Scott is retiring, effective New Year’s Day.
“This will be the end of my 20th year,” Scott said Tuesday. “I’ve certainly enjoyed the judgeship over the years.”
Scott was sworn in as the Pitkin County Court Judge in 1980, after presiding over the Aspen Municipal Court for about five years.
The Milwaukee, Wisc., native moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in the early 1960s, fresh out of law school and ready to accept an associate position at a Glenwood Springs law firm. With the benefit of hindsight, Scott now admits that skiing and being in the mountains is what really drew him to the valley.
Judge Scott moved to Aspen in 1967 and continued to practice law, as he still does today.
After the New Year, Scott said he and his wife Sue plan to move away from the valley.
“We’re going to live part-time up outside of Bozeman, Montana, and then part-time in southern Arizona,” he said. “The feeling was that it’s a good time to make a change in our lives, for me and my dear wife Sue, and we’re going to move on to new and exciting things elsewhere. Other than that, I’ve got no definite plans.
“I’m interested in having a change of work and life and experiences. Work-wise, the thing I’ll miss the most is being a judge, and the daily routine of taking care of matters. It’s a fun part-time job; it’s got a lot of variety and it grows on you. The longer you do it, the easier it gets and the better you get at it – you get a deep sense of satisfaction from the job.”
Despite the challenges that await he and his wife, Scott said leaving the valley, and his longtime friends and co-workers, will be difficult. That same sentiment was shared by many of Scott’s contemporaries at the courthouse.
“I know I’m going to miss him dearly,” said Mary Stahl, a deputy court clerk who has known Judge Scott for 12 years and worked directly with him for the last six. “I know a lot of people in Pitkin County will miss him too – there’s only one Tam Scott. I don’t want to see him go. He’s a great judge.”
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