Jovanovich gets appointment as associate Garfield County judge |

Jovanovich gets appointment as associate Garfield County judge

Deputy 9th Judicial District Attorney Jason D. Jovanovich was appointed as associate Garfield County judge Tuesday by Gov. Bill Owens.

“Jason Jovanovich has the experience and temperament to serve in this important county court judge position,” Gov. Owens said in a news release.

“In a limited time frame, Jason has proven to be an excellent prosecutor, handling his caseload in a fair and efficient manner. He has earned the respect of his colleagues and his community and I am confident that he will be an exceptional judge for the people of Garfield County and, in particular, the citizens of the city of Rifle,” Owens said.

Jovanovich was chosen from three finalists for the judgeship. He was picked over Patrick Burwell of Rifle and Joe Fennessy of Meeker.

The seat was left vacant by former associate county judge Steve Carter.

On March 4, the nominees interviewed with members of the governor’s staff, who then made a recommendation on which nominee for the governor to appoint.

Jovanovich moved from place to place when he was young, and received a degree in history from Brigham Young University in 1995. He then received a law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1998, and worked as public defender in Oklahoma for about a year.

In 1999 he moved to Douglas County with his wife, Rebecca, who is a Colorado native, and worked as a substitute teacher and supervised John McCain’s presidential campaign in Colorado.

“I realize that a judge is a person who makes a big difference,” Jovanovich told the Post Independent in February. “I’d like to be the type of judge that I always wanted to practice in front of.”

The initial term of office for a county court judge is a provisional term of two years, after which the incumbent must stand for retention to serve an additional six years. The annual salary for this position is $65,089 for 65 percent of full time.

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