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Thursday, May 1, 2008
GOV. RITTER NAMES THREE NEW JUDGES IN ADAMS/BROOMFIELD COUNTIES
Gov.Bill Rittertoday appointed two new judges to the District Court bench and one judge to the County Court bench in the 17thJudicial District. The 17thJudicial District serves Adams andBroomfieldcounties.
The District Court appointees are Patrick T. Murphy ofBroomfieldand Jill-Elyn Straus ofThornton, and the Adams County Court appointee is Byron Lynn Howell ofBrighton.
Murphy is currently in private practice with Purvis, Gray and Murphy, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to starting this firm, he was in private practice from 1986 to 2003. From 1981 to 1986 he was an assistantUnited Statesattorney. He also has served in theWeldCountyand Boulder County District Attorney Offices. He received his bachelor's degree in 1972 and his law degree in 1975, both from theUniversityofColoradoatBoulder.
Straus is currently a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office in the 17thJudicial District, a position she has held since 1983. She is a chief trial deputy and specializes in cases with juvenile victims. She previously has worked for a continuing legal education firm. She received her bachelor's degree from theUniversityofIllinoisin 1978 and her law degree from theUniversityofDenverin 1982.
Howell is currently a deputy city and county attorney inBroomfield, a position he has held since 2001. He has previously served as an assistantWashingtonCountyattorney, an assistantMorganCountyattorney and the supervisor of the Pre-Trial Services Unit in San Diego Superior Court. He received his bachelor's degree from theUniversityofNorthern Coloradoin 1978, his J.D. from theUniversityofWyomingin 1994 and his M.P.A. fromSan DiegoStateUniversityin 2003.
All three appointments take effect July 1. The positions were created pursuant to House Bill 07-1054. The appointments are for a provisional term of two years, and then until the second Tuesday in January following the next general election. Thereafter, if retained by the voters, the term is for six years. The current salary for a District Court judge is $118,972 and $113,856 for a County Court judge.