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Pototsky named to Rifle judge position

John ColsonGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

Jonathan B. Pototsky

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Jonathan B. Pototsky, current deputy district attorney for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, will be the new county court judge in Rifle as of Jan. 11.Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s office posted the appointment on the state judicial branch website on Thursday evening, confirming what already was the buzz among regulars at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs.Pototsky will replace retiring Garfield County Court Judge Jason Jovanovich, who was suspended from the bench earlier this year after allegations of misconduct on his behalf were reported to state officials.Jovanovich decided in August to not stand for retention, which is the formal process by which judges are either removed from office by the voters or retained on the bench.Pototsky is currently a felony prosecutor working for District Attorney Martin Beeson, in a judicial district that encompasses Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. He has been at that job since July of 2008.Prior to that, according to information provided by the judicial department, he worked at Jacobowitz, Pototsky & Graziano in Amityville, N.Y.He has also held positions at law firms in Michigan, at Davenport College and the Kent County (Michigan) Office of the Defender. He earned his B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1987 and his law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan in 1991.Pototsky said that he and his wife, who have been renting a home in Glenwood Springs, will begin looking for a house in Rifle immediately, as required by judicial rules.Although Beeson could not be reached for comment on Friday, Pototsky said the office currently is “at full strength,” with two attorneys in Aspen, and Meeker, one in Rifle, and nine in Glenwood Springs.As for whether he will be replaced, he said, that is up to the DA, and added, “I am not sure what he is planning to do. We get resumes all the time.”jcolson@postindependent.com