Polis names 2 new judges to Adams County bench

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AURORA | Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday named a pair of attorneys from Broomfield and Commerce City to fill two vacancies on the district court bench in Adams County, according to a news release.

Polis tabbed Brett Martin, currently a chief trial deputy in the 17th Judicial District, and Teri Vasquez, a Denver-based personal injury attorney, to become the newest judges in the jurisdiction that handles all state criminal matters for the portion of Aurora north of East Colfax Avenue.

Martin, who lives in Commerce City, will replace Tomee Crespin, who voters booted from the bench at the polls in November. Crespin was the only district court judge in the state to earn a vote of no-confidence from an evaluation commission heading into the November Election. Crespin told the Denver Post in October that she was the victim of inter-office squabbles that resulted in poor marks on her regular judicial evaluation.

Martin has worked in the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office since he graduated law school at the University of Denver in 2010, according to Polis’ office.

Vasquez will step in for the jurisdiction’s former chief judge, Emily Anderson, when she retires later this month. Vasquez, who lives in Broomfield, has worked at a variety of private law firms — most recently at Bayer & Carey, PC in Denver — in Colorado and California since she graduated law school from the University of California Los Angeles in 1994.

The former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court named Don Quick, a current district court judge who served as district attorney of the north Aurora judicial district from 2005 to 2013, to the role of chief judge last month.

Martin and Vasquez will inherit salaries just north of $173,000 per year. The pair beat out a quartet of other attorneys, including two from Aurora, named as finalists for the judgeships.

Polis’ appointments come days after Democrat Brian Mason was sworn in as the new district attorney in Adams and Broomfield Counties. He takes the reins from his term-limited former boss, Dave Young.

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