Feb 2, 2012 1:46 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Martinez appointed Chief Judge

Hon. Gilbert Martinez has been appointed to serve as the new chief judge in the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller counties.

The appointment was made by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender.

Judge Martinez will replace the Hon. Kirk S. Samelson, who served as chief judge for more than five years. Judge Samelson will continue to preside over a district court docket.

"I would like to thank Judge Samelson for his contributions to the 4th Judicial District over the past five years," Chief Justice Bender said in a news release. "Judge Martinez has previously served as chief judge in the 4th Judicial District and I look forward to working with him again in that capacity."

Chief Justice Bender also appointed District Court Judge David Prince to serve as the district's deputy chief judge. Both appointments are effective Feb. 9, 2012.

"The 4th Judicial District is one of the state's largest districts with very diverse needs," Chief Justice Bender said. "Along with Judge Martinez, Judge Prince will assist in managing personnel matters and developing a long-term strategy for the best ways in which to serve the people of El Paso and Teller counties."



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