Created 10/23/2021
Reference 472890
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Colorado
City Thornton
Salary Approximately $170,000+


City of Thornton, Colorado

Salary: Approximately $170,000+


Located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver metropolitan area, the city of Thornton is Colorado’s sixth largest city and home to a diverse and growing population of 146,000 residents. The City is only 10 minutes from downtown Denver, 35 minutes from Denver International Airport and less than 2 hours from the Breckenridge and Vail ski areas. The community’s location provides an ideal environment for a wide range of businesses to thrive, and the community’s natural setting of ridgelines, wildlife, waterways, rolling hills, and undeveloped land provide Thornton residents with amenities and an abundance of recreational opportunities that contribute to a unique and excellent quality of life.


As defined by Thornton’s City Charter, the Municipal Court shall be presided over and its functions exercised by one or more judges. Under the general direction of the Mayor and City Council and in cooperation with the City Manager, the Presiding Municipal Judge provides leadership and support to the Court Administrator who leads a staff of thirteen (13) full-time and part-time employees.


This position shall faithfully perform the inherent duties of the Office of Presiding Municipal Judge, including, but not limited to, the conduct of all Court sessions as necessary to hear and determine all matters filed with the Municipal Court as the same may be within its subject matter jurisdiction. A determination of such cases shall be as provided by law. This position is responsible to preside over sessions of the Thornton Municipal Court and utilize the services of Associate Judges only on a reasonable and necessary basis when the incumbent is not available or in the event a conflict exists and judicial disqualification is appropriate. The Judge oversees, mentors and provides guidance to the Associate Municipal Judges, who fill in the Judge’s absence or in case of conflict or additional courtroom coverage, to ensure consistent and professional hearing of cases. Primary responsibilities include ensuring effective, fair, and respectful municipal processes to take place.


This position is responsible for administering the operations of the judicial branch of the City government according to the ordinances adopted by City Council. Cases adjudicated in Municipal Court typically include traffic, criminal, animal, and other municipal code violations. The Presiding Municipal Judge is expected to devote four days a week (40 hours) to fulfill job duties.


Candidates must have a Juris Doctorate from a nationally accredited law school, at least 5 years of litigation or judicial experience, a registered elector of the State of Colorado, be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, and be licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado. Demonstratable knowledge of and the ability to apply the Colorado Rules of Evidence, the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Colorado Rules of Municipal procedure, and the general ordinance, statutory and case law in Colorado is preferred.


For a complete position profile, general overview of duties, and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Thornton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: November 19, 2021 (open until filled).

Employer City of Thornton, Colorado

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