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I am a Colorado native; born and raised in Broomfield, Colorado. I graduated from Colorado State University in 1988 and the University of Denver, College of Law in 1992. I worked as a prosecutor in the Aurora City Attorney’s Office from 1992 to 2000. In 2000, I was appointed as a relief judge for the City of Aurora and also the first on-call judge for Aurora. In addition, I was appointed as the Presiding Judge for the Town of Bennett in 2000. While working as a relief judge, I also worked as a partner in the Ausmus Law Firm from 2000 to 2004.
In 2004, I received an appointment as a full-time Associate Judge for the Aurora Municipal Court. After serving for twelve years as an Associate Judge, in 2016, I was appointed to the position of Presiding Judge for the Aurora Municipal Court.
I have twice served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Municipal Judges Association (2003-2005 & 2015-2017). In 2016, I was appointed to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the 17th Judicial District. In 2018, I was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and represent Colorado municipalities. In 2018, I was honored to speak along with other municipal court judges from around the country at the NLC Los Angeles Summit about current municipal court issues.
In April of 2019, the Aurora Municipal Court was accepted into the NLC CAFFE (Cities Addressing Fines and Fees Equitably) Initiative. I am the lead team member of this important fourteen-month program.
Personal information: Married to my wife Wendy for 25 years; we have 3 amazing kids (Rachel-17, Matt & Shane-15).