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Windsor town board interviews municipal judge candidates

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

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With the impending retirement of Windsor's long-standing municipal judge, the town board finished applicant interviews Monday night.

After hours of interviews and work session discussion, town board members voiced a strong preference to move Associate Municipal Court Judge Teresa Ablao into the seat of retiring Presiding Municipal Judge Michael E. Manning.

In August Manning announced he would retire Jan. 1 after a 36-year-long career as the town's presiding municipal judge.

Monday night board members instructed staff to prepare a resolution for consideration at their next Monday meeting that would appoint Ablao to the position. Multiple board members expressed admiration for her experience and familiarity with Windsor.

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In addition to her associate judge role in Windsor, Ablao holds similar positions in Fort Collins and Greeley and serves as a presiding municipal judge in Wellington and Hudson. She also serves as the liquor licensing authority in Windsor and the liquor and marijuana licensing authority in Commerce City.

Board members interviewed Ablao, Kristin Brown, Michelle Kline and Diane Knutson.

Brown has extensive municipal court experience with years as a presiding municipal judge in Brighton and Lyons and time as an associate municipal judge in communities ranging from Thornton to Superior and more. Her background also includes numerous hearing officer positions in a number of municipalities.

Kline's resume didn't include experience as a municipal judge, but it did list jobs from a long career in municipal law, mostly as an assistant city attorney and municipal prosecutor at Thornton and Lakewood.

Knutson's application brought with it her long history of municipal court judge experience in southwest Colorado, dating back to the 1980s. More recently she's worked as an assistant municipal court in Greeley and a substitute municipal court judge in Pagosa Springs.

If the board votes to approve Abloa as Windsor's next judge then they'll also need to appoint a replacement associate judge for the town. Monday night the board instructed staff to draft a resolution to appoint Kline to the associate position.

Windsor Municipal Court convenes three evenings per calendar month: the second and third Thursdays of each month and the third Tuesday. It is mostly responsibly for citations issued by the police department and handling cases such as impounded vehicles.

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Learn more about Windsor Municipal Court online at: http://www.windsorgov.com/79/Municipal-Court.