El Paso County judge resigns, nominees sought

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Wilson: Resigning his judge's seat. - COURTESY COLORADO JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
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  • Wilson: Resigning his judge's seat.
Daniel S. Wilson has resigned as an El Paso County court judge, according to an announcement by the state seeking applicants for the post.

The news release didn't speak to reasons Wilson has resigned, but some insight might be gained by reading this review of Wilson leading up to the vote to retain him in 2016.

From that report:
Judge Wilson states that he enjoys doing his own research on cases. He provided the Commission with a number of well written opinions. Judge Wilson has at times been criticized for his particularly careful scrutiny of warrants he is asked to issue. However, the Commission sees Judge Wilson’s caution as strength because it fulfills the appropriate and important judicial obligation to make sure that warrants comply with Constitutional requirements. In the courtroom, Judge Wilson was observed to move through cases quickly and with apparent efficiency. He took time to see that defendants understand the proceedings. There was concern expressed by members of the Commission regarding Judge Wilson’s relatively low survey scores. Accordingly, while Commission recommends the retention of Judge Wilson as a County Court Judge, it also recommends that Judge Wilson participate in a performance improvement plan. 
Here's the release about the opening:
The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the El Paso County Judicial Building on Oct. 4, 2017, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for El Paso County. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Hon. Daniel S. Wilson. The vacancy will occur on Sept. 15, 2017.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of El Paso County at the time of investiture and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado. The current annual salary for this position is $156,278. The initial term of office of a county judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent county judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of four years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Nathan B. Coats, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Scott Sosebee, 270 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm

The original, signed application and an identical copy stored as a PDF must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 11, 2017. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 5, 2017.

The members of the nominating commission for the Fourth Judicial District are: Jack Donley, Larry Gaddis, Beth Lieberman, Juan Moreno, Mary Linden, all of Colorado Springs; and Daniel Nicholson and Philip Mella, of Woodland Park.

Editor’s Note: Contact information for the nominating commission members.
Jack Donley, 24 S. Weber St., Suite 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Larry Gaddis, 118 S. Wahsatch Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Beth Lieberman, 2975 Broadmoor Valley Rd., Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Mary Linden, 111 S. Tejon St., Suite 202., Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2246
Philip Mella, 2018 Valley View Dr., Woodland Park, CO 80863
Juan Moreno, 250 Vandenburg St., Peterson AFB, CO 80914
Daniel Nicholson, 226 Illini Dr., Woodland Park, CO 80863

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