Boyd named chief judge of Ninth Judicial District |

Boyd named chief judge of Ninth Judicial District

by donna grayPost Independent StaffDistrict Court Judge James B. Boyd has been appointed chief judge of the Ninth Judicial District. The district covers Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.Boyd, who was named district judge in 2002, replaces Chief Judge Peter Craven who died of a heart attack in June while riding his bike in Aspen.Colorado Supreme Court Justice Mary Mullarkey signed Boyd’s appointment order on Monday, Aug. 28.”I’m excited for us (the court staff),” said Jim Bradford, clerk of the combined courts in Glenwood Springs.Boyd will be a good fit in his new position, Bradford added.”He’s unflappable. You have to work all day long to make him cranky,” Bradford said with a laugh.Glenwood Springs attorney Lawson Wills, who was also assistant District Attorney for several years, also applauded Boyd’s appointment.”He is the logical choice. He is the most senior judge in the district,” Wills said. “He is a very well reasoned person. The guy is solid in all of his decisions.”Wills, who is now in private practice in Glenwood Springs, praised Boyd’s judicial ability.”He does a great job,” Wills said. “All his decisions are so well thought out. He’s always prepared. He’ll handle (the new job) with grace and style.”Wills explained that as chief judge, he will continue to cover the usual roster of District Court cases and will take over administrative duties such as overseeing the probation department and the clerk’s office.Boyd will also oversee two District Court judges, Daniel Petre and Denise Lynch, who was appointed to replace Craven as a District Judge, but not as chief judge.”He doesn’t get any more pay for it,” Bradford said.Boyd replaced District Court Judge J.E. DeVilbiss who retired in 2002, and who handled Pitkin County cases. Before being appointed to District Court, Boyd was in private law practice in Aspen.Boyd will continue to work out of his Aspen office, which will prove something of a challenge for the administrative end of the job.”We will have to find a way to communicate,” Bradford said.Judge Boyd was in court and unavailable for comment Thursday.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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