Deputy DA Nichols named new judge for 9th Judicial District |

Deputy DA Nichols named new judge for 9th Judicial District

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols will don the black robe and take the bench in a new 9th Judicial District judgeship to begin July 1, according to state officials.

The competition came down to three finalists, all of whom reside in Aspen: Nichols, Assistant City Attorney Jim True and Assistant County Attorney Chris Seldin. The three were among a handful who applied and were chosen by a nominating committee, but the final decision was up to Gov. Bill Ritter.

Rob McCallum, public information officer with the Colorado Judicial Branch, confirmed Monday that Nichols got the job.

Nichols, 57, a native of Massachusetts, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a law degree from the Vermont Law School. She clerked for an appeals judge in a Philadelphia circuit court, worked for a New York law firm, then became a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, where she worked as a defense attorney. She then became head of criminal prosecution in New Jersey.

The beginning salary for the new judgeship is $118,972 a year. Nichols will have a provisional term of two years. Thereafter, if voters keep Nichols in the position, the job will be for a six-year term.

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