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Truden resigns to pursue master’s of law degree

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – For Glenwood Springs Municipal Judge Colleen Truden, the Pacific is calling. The University of the Pacific, that is.

On Monday, Truden turned in her resignation at City Hall. Her last day on the bench will be July 26.

Appointed as an associate judge in 1994, then promoted to full municipal judge in 1998, Truden recently decided to take a sabbatical so she can earn her master’s of law at the University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Calif.

“Sometimes opportunities are wonderful,” she said Wednesday. “I was looking into it and it came up, so I decided to do it,” she said of the chance to get her master’s of law.

Truden, who is also a part-time attorney in Glenwood Springs, is also in the process of informing her clients here that she’s moving to California.

“I certainly enjoyed serving the community as a municipal judge. It’s been a wonderful opportunity,” she said.

Truden said she’s not sure about her plans after she earns her degree. But she said there’s a good chance she’ll come back to Colorado.

“It’s a great place to be,” she said.

Meanwhile, Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon said city officials are searching for a judge who can temporarily take over for Truden once she steps down.

“We just want to make sure we have a judge available while council goes through the selection process” for a permanent judge, he said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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