Fifteenth Judicial District —Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Prowers Counties

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Baca County Courthouse

741 Main Street

Springfield, Colorado 81073

Cheyenne County Courthouse

P.O. Box 696

51 South First Street

Cheyenne Wells, Colorado 80810

Kiowa County Courthouse

P.O. Box 353

200 East 13th Street

Eads, Colorado 81036

Prowers County Courthouse

301 South Main, Suite 300

Lamar, Colorado 81052

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 30: Fifteenth Judicial District Judges

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Stanley A. Brinkley

Chief Judge

Prowers County, Lamar

(719) 336-7424

 

Appointed district court judge in October 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 56% of attorneys voted to Retain while 37% voted Do Not Retain. This is a pathetic response for a chief judge.

Mike Davidson

(719) 336-7424

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in October 2015.

P. Douglas Tallman

 

Retired in October 2015 after 28 years on the bench.

 

Appointed county court judge in April 1987.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Promoted district court judge January 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention as district judge in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 89%

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County Judges

Gary W. Davis

Kiowa County, Eads

(719) 438-5531

 

Appointed county court judge in May 1992.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2002. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

His performance has dropped dramatically. Only 67% of attorneys voted Retain during this review while 33% voted Do Not Retain.

Debra Gunkel

Baca County

(one session per week)

(719) 523-4555

 

Appointed county court judge in 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

91% of attorneys voted to Retain but none voted Do Not Retain

Gerald Keefe

Cheyenne County

(719) 767-5649

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in November 2011. No prior judicial experience and he does not hold a law degree.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Clifford E. Mays

Cheyenne County, Cheyenne Wells

 

Stepped down August 2011.

 

Appointed county court judge December 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Lane Porter

Prowers County

(719) 336-7424

 

Appointed county court judge in June 2016 by Gov. Hickenlooper.

W. Michael Porter

Baca County, Springfield

 

Voted off the bench in November 2010 election.

 

Appointed county court judge Sept. 1994.

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. 84% Retain.

Larry E. Stutler

Prowers County, Lamar

 

Retired June 30, 2016.

 

Appointed county court judge November 1995.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2002. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 100%

Paul Douglas Tallman

 

Promoted to district judge January 2003.

 

Appointed county court judge in April 1987.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

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