Sixteenth Judicial District — Bent, Crowley, and Otero Counties

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Bent County Courthouse

725 Bent Avenue

Las Animas, Colorado 81054

Crowley County Courthouse

110 East Sixth Street

Ordway, Colorado 81063

Otero County Courthouse

13 West Third Street

County Court Room 105

District Court Room 207

La Junta, Colorado 81050

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 31: Sixteenth Judicial District Judges

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

M. Jon Kolomitz

 

Became chief judge in July 1988 and remained in that position until his retirement.

 

Retired in January 2013 after 27 years on the bench.

 

Appointed district court judge February 1985.

Stood for retention in 2000. 84% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 95% Retain

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To grant the winner's motions, Judge Kolomitz totally violated Partnership and Colorado Title Conveyance laws. But no problem! What could the 80-year-old woman do to stop him from entering lawless orders in favor of her opponent? Once she was wiped out financially and rendered homeless she had no money or strength to complain about it.

Mark A. MacDonnell

Chief Judge

 

Judge MacDonnell's ratings have been quite inconsistent over the years and are now very low for a chief judge.

(719) 384-4981

Promoted to district court and chief judge in February 2013.

 

Appointed county court judge in October 1993. Prior experience as a county attorney.

Stood for retention in 2000. Only 75+% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Stood for retention in 2004. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 90% Retain

Appointed district court and chief judge in February 2013 by Gov. Hickenlooper.

Stood for retention as district judge in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 78% of attorneys voted to Retain and 12% voted Do Not Retain.

Michael Andrew Schiferl

Otero County

 

One of only two judges the judicial review commission posted a Do Not Retain finding for in 2016.

(719) 384-4951

 

Appointed district court judge in 2002.

Stood for retention in 2004. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 76% Retain

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a pathetic 55% of attorneys voted to Retain while fully 40% voted Do Not Retain. Review commission noted he does not accept constructive criticism and is not receptive to suggestions for positive change and development.

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County Judges

Suzanne A. Grant

Crowley County

(719) 267-4468

 

Appointed county court judge in 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. Only 71% of attorneys recommended she be retained.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Has not shown improvement and only 74% of attorneys voted to Retain while 20% voted Do Not Retain.

Mark A. MacDonnell

Bent County

 

Promoted to district court and chief judge in February 2013.

 

Appointed county court judge in October 1993.

Stood for retention in 2000. Only 75+% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Stood for retention in 2004. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 90% Retain

Douglas R. Manley

Otero County

(719) 384-4721

 

Appointed county court judge July 2004.

Stood for retention in 2006. 82% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

He is not improving and only 82% of attorneys voted to Retain while 12% voted Do Not Retain.

Carl W. Ross

Crowley County

 

No longer on the bench as of December 2007

Samuel S. Vigil

Bent County

(719) 456-1353

 

Appointed county judge in February 2013. Holds court one day a week.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 71% of attorneys voted to Retain while 14% voted Do Not Retain.

Ralph N. Wadleigh (Atty)

 

No longer on the bench as of December 2007.

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