Thursday, February 15, 2007


Gov. Bill Ritter today announced the appointment of Jeff B. Herron of Montrose to serve as a District Court judge in western Colorado's 7th Judicial District. Effective immediately, the appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Dennis P. Freidrich.
"Jeff's experience as a magistrate and judge has given him a deep understanding of the law and the judicial system," Ritter said. "His long service to the citizens of the 7th Judicial District also has provided him with a profound understanding of the people and the area."
Herron has served as the District Court magistrate for the 7th Judicial District since April 2006. His many years of dedicated public service include three years as a Palisade municipal judge, three years as a Grand Junction alternate municipal judge and two years as a Mesa Countyguardian ad litem. He also served as a public defender in Trinidad and Grand Junction. Herron earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1983.
The 7th Judicial District includes Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. 
The initial term of office for a judicial district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent will have a term of six years if approved by the voters.