Thirteenth Judicial District — Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties

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Kit Carson County Courthouse

251 16th Street, Suite 301

Burlington, CO 80807

Telephone: (719) 346-5524

Facsimile: (719) 346-7805

Logan County Courthouse

110 N. Riverview Road Room 205

Sterling, CO 80751

Telephone: (970) 522-6565

Facsimile: (970) 522-6566

Morgan County Justice Center

P.O. Box 130

400 Warner Street

Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Telephone: (970) 542-3435

Facsimile: (970) 542-3436

Phillips County Courthouse

221 South Interocean

Holyoke, Colorado 80734

Telephone: (970) 854-3279

Facsimile: (970) 854-3179

Sedgwick County Courthouse

Third and Pine

Julesburg, Colorado 80737

Telephone: (970) 474-3637

Facsimile: (970) 474-2026

Washington County Courthouse

P.O. Box 455

26861 Highway 34

Akron, Colorado 80720

Telephone: (970) 345-2756

Facsimile: (970) 345-2829

Yuma County Courthouse

P.O. Box 347

310 Ash Street

Wray, Colorado 80758

Telephone: (970) 332-4118

Facsimile: (970) 332-4119

In 2012 the Equal Justice Foundation began a rating system of justices standing for retention based on the votes of attorneys who submit responses to surveys sent to them by the Judicial Performance Review Commission. The idea was first put forward by the Rocky Mountain News in an October 13, 2002, editorial. Whether a "Retain" or "Do Not Retain" is recommended is based on the criteria:

Retain: More than 85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Marginal: only 80-85% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to 75-85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Do Not Retain: Less than 80% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to <75% of attorneys voted to retain.


 
    Table 28: Thirteenth Judicial District Judges

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Charles M. Hobbs

Division C

(970) 522-6565

 

Appointed district court judge in 2009.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

95% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 5% voted Do Not Retain

Kevin Hoyer

Morgan County

Division D

(970) 542-3435

 

Appointed district court judge in 2005.

Formerly county court judge.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

HIs performance has deteriorated and only 77% of attorneys voted to Retain, while 10% voted Do Not Retain during this review.

James R. Leh

Logan County

 

No longer on bench

Carl S. McGuire III

Kit Carson County

Division B

(970) 522-6565

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in May 2016.

Appointed county court judge in November 2004.

Stood for retention in 2008. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain while only 4% voted Do Not Retain

John Curtis Penny, Jr.

Logan County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

 

Promoted from county judge by Gov. Owens in September 2006.

Steven E. Shinn

Logan County

 

Did not stand for retention in November 2006.

Michael K. Singer

Chief Judge

Logan County

Division A

(970) 522-6565

 

Appointed district court judge in July 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

86% of attorneys voted to Retain but 14% voted Do Not Retain.

Low rating for a chief judge.

Douglas R. Vannoy

Morgan County

 

Retired July 1, 2016.

 

Appointed district court judge in 1988.

Stood for retention in 2002. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal 77% Retain

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County Judges

Ray Ann Brammer

Logan County

(970) 522-1572

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in April 2014. Replaced Bob Smith.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

On the edge with just 75% of attorneys voting Retain and 12% Do Not Retain.

Thomas J. Callahan

Yuma County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Max E. Carlson

Sedgwick County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

David O. Colver

Phillips County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed part-time (25%) county judge in 1980.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Michael Grinnan

Kit Carson County

(719) 346-5524

 

Appointed county court judge in January 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 51% of attorneys recommended Do Not Retain, one of the worst evaluations of any judge the EJF has found.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

In a remarkable turnaround 94% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 6% voted Do Not Retain in this review.

Kevin L. Hoyer

Washington County

 

Promoted to District Court Judge in 2005.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1987.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not Rated.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Kimbra Leigh Killin

Phillips County

(970) 854-3279

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in June 2014.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation. Undetermined

Only three attorneys voted, all to Retain, but that is not an adequate sample.

Carl S. McGuire III

Washington County

Also magistrate for Logan County.

 

Promoted to district court judge in May 2016.

 

Appointed county court judge in November 2004.

Stood for retention in 2008. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 96%

Tera Neugebauer

Sedgwick County

(970) 474-3627

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. HIckenlooper in June 2014. Previously a sheriffs deputy and does not hold a law degree.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Undetermined

Only two attorneys voted and the sample size is inadequate.

Michael T. Schingle

Morgan County

(970) 542-3414

 

Appointed county court judge in July 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 85+% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Once again 97% of attorneys voted to Retain and not one voted Do Not Retain.

Robert B. Smith

Logan County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge in 2000.

Formerly Sterling municipal court judge.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. Only 63% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Stood for retention in 2010. 88% Retain.

Sara Marie Wagers-Johnson

Yuma County

(970) 332-4118

 

Appointed by Bill Owens in September 2006. Formerly municipal judge for Wray, Yuma, and Eckley.

Stood for retention in 2010. 82% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

A pathetic 50% of attorneys voted to Retain while 35% voted Do Not Retain. One of the worst reviews in 2014.

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Magistrate

Michael K. Grinnan

Division M

(970) 522-6565

 

 

Carl S. McGuire

Logan County

 

Promoted to county court judge in November 2004 and then to district court judge in May 2016.

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