Judge Ossola to retire Nov. 1
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Chief 9th District Judge Thomas Ossola said he’ll step down Nov. 1 after more than 28 years on the bench. Although he said he’ll miss being a district judge, Ossola said Wednesday it’s simply time to step down. “It’s just time,” he said. “It’s a good time for my family and myself.”Ossola will be the second district judge to step down in as many years. Ninth District Judge J.E. DeVilbiss retired in 2003.Former Garfield County Judge Vic Zerbi also retired from his seat in 2003, but he was later hired by the city of Glenwood Springs as its municipal judge.”I guess it says something when you feel bad about leaving after doing the job for 2812 years,” Ossola said. “I love this job, but it’s time to step down.”Although Ossola is retiring from his full-time duties, he said he plans to enter the state’s senior judge program. In this program, retired judges make themselves available for 60 days a year – or five days a month – to fill in for other judges throughout the state who are on vacation or on leave. Ossola was first appointed to the Garfield County Court bench in 1976. He was appointed to serve as a 9th District Court judge on Feb. 1, 1980, where he has heard criminal and civil cases. Ossola also serves as water judge for Water Division No. 5, and since 1991 has continuously served as chief judge for the 9th Judicial District. His responsibilities as chief judge include administrative work involving the district’s budget, personnel management, oversight of court buildings, assignment of cases, and county court supervision. He also handles his usual case load. “Change is good and the system will benefit by having someone new,” Ossola said.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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