San Luis Valley: Michael Anthony Gonzales appointed as new district judge in the 12th Judicial District

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Here’s the release from Governor Hickenlooper’s office (Eric Brown/Holly Shrewsbury):

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Michael Anthony Gonzales to serve as a district judge in the 12th Judicial District (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties). Gonzales will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable O. John Kuenhold.

Gonzales, of Alamosa, is the Alamosa County Court Judge, where he has worked since 2007. He has spent the majority of his career working on criminal law prosecution and litigation.

Gonzales earlier worked in the 12th Judicial District’s Office of the District Attorney, serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney for six years. Before that, he worked as an adjunct professor at Trinidad State College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado.

Gonzales’ judicial appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2011.

More coverage from Matt Hildner writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Gonzales worked as deputy district attorney for the 12th Judicial District for six years before being appointed a county judge in 2007. On the county bench, Gonzales presided over misdemeanors, preliminary felony matters, small claims and some civil cases. He earned his law degree from the University of Colorado and undergraduate degree from Creighton University. He joins Judge Pattie Swift, who has served since 2002, and Judge Martin Gonzales, an appointee in 2007, on the district court bench.

More Rio Grande River basin coverage here.

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