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Three make cut for judgeship

Aspen Times Staff Report

Three Aspen attorneys advanced Monday to the final round of the process to find a successor for retiring Pitkin County Judge Fitzhugh “Tam” Scott.

Aspenites James Boyd, Erin Fernandez-Ely and James True were selected from the field of applicants by the 9th Judicial District Nominating Commission. The names of the three nominees were submitted to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens.

The governor has until Tuesday, Nov. 23, to appoint one of the three nominees, according to a press release from the Supreme Court of Colorado. Judge Scott’s retirement is effective Dec. 31.

The Nominating Commission’s screening process wasn’t open to the public, so it is uncertain how many applicants were considered. The Aspen Times determined there were at least eight candidates.

The Nominating Commission, comprised of residents from the 9th Judicial District and one state Supreme Court judge, met in Glenwood Springs Friday to discuss the applicants. The names of the three nominees were announced Monday.

Boyd has been an attorney in Aspen for 17 years, with litigation one of his primary focuses. He was attorney with the local office of Holland and Hart from 1982 to 1995 and has been practicing on his own for three years. He is now a law partner with Rhonda Bazil.

Boyd, 44, graduated from the Stanford University law school.

Fernandez-Ely has been an attorney in Aspen for 20 years and was a partner in a local firm. She has been a general practitioner for the last six years with Kaufman and Peterson.

Fernandez-Ely, 46, graduated from the University of Florida law school.

True has been an attorney in Aspen for 20 years, operating his own practice for all but one year. He has a general practice with an emphasis on litigation.

True, 46, graduated from the University of South Carolina law school.

The candidates will likely be interviewed by the governor before he makes the appointment later this month.

The judgeship is a part-time, 60 percent, position. The annual salary is $48,954.


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