Replacement for Grand County judge sought |

Replacement for Grand County judge sought

Grand County Judge Ben McClelland will be leaving office after Grand County voters ousted him, 3,222 to 2,841, during Tuesday’s election. This past summer, the 14th Judicial District Performance Commission recommended that the judge not be retained, and county voters followed their advice despite the fact that about two-thirds of judges recommended for non-retention are retained anyway.

A committee calling itself Grand County Deserves Better mounted a campaign against McClelland with billboards and ads calling for him to be voted out.

McClelland told the Sky-Hi Daily News in August that he was not permitted under the canon of professional ethics to campaign for himself.

The 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Dec. 19 at the Grand County Judicial Center to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to replace McClelland, according to the Colorado Judicial Department.

The vacancy will occur Jan. 13.

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