Chief Judge

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The City has narrowed its search for a new Municipal Chief Judge to six candidates, who will participate in interviews and selection events with stakeholders and the public the week of April 20.

Due to COVID-19 public health considerations, all selection activities will take place virtually.


Watch the Public Forum

The City hosted an online public forum with the Chief Judge candidates on Wednesday, April 22.

Community members can watch the forum on our YouTube channel, or on FCTV channels 14 & 881. After viewing, community members can also complete the feedback form below by April 28 to share their thoughts with City Council.


Finalists Announced

Two finalists will participate in a public forum on Wednesday, April 22:

  • David Cooke
  • Jill Hueser




The City has narrowed its search for a new Municipal Chief Judge to six candidates, who will participate in interviews and selection events with stakeholders and the public the week of April 20.

Due to COVID-19 public health considerations, all selection activities will take place virtually.


Watch the Public Forum

The City hosted an online public forum with the Chief Judge candidates on Wednesday, April 22.

Community members can watch the forum on our YouTube channel, or on FCTV channels 14 & 881. After viewing, community members can also complete the feedback form below by April 28 to share their thoughts with City Council.


Finalists Announced

Two finalists will participate in a public forum on Wednesday, April 22:

  • David Cooke
  • Jill Hueser




  • David Cooke

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    3 months ago

    EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY
    Juris Doctorate - New England School of Law Boston, Massachusetts

    Bachelor of Art – Psychology - State University of New York at Albany, New York

    EXPERIENCE

    • Contract Strategy Consultant

    January 2020 – Present

    • Longmont Municipal Court Relief Judge

    January 2020 – Present

    • Wheat Ridge Municipal Court Relief Judge

    January 2020 – Present

    • Arvada Municipal Court Presiding Judge

    May 2013 – January 2020

    • Denver City Attorney’s Office Litigation Section Assistant Director

    December 2011 – May 2013


    QUOTE:
    “My judicial service motto is RIO - Respect, Integrity, Outcome focus.” And “The Court is the face of government to the community.” ”In court, I am polite, respectful, congenial, and kind. However, I am also direct and concise in my communication. When off the bench and interacting with my team, demonstrate respect for their knowledge and experience and am collaborative whenever possible. I encourage the team members to generate solutions to case-specific questions and share them with me. I have a great sense of humor that often helps us shed some of the stress that all court personnel deal with every day.”


    EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY
    Juris Doctorate - New England School of Law Boston, Massachusetts

    Bachelor of Art – Psychology - State University of New York at Albany, New York

    EXPERIENCE

    • Contract Strategy Consultant

    January 2020 – Present

    • Longmont Municipal Court Relief Judge

    January 2020 – Present

    • Wheat Ridge Municipal Court Relief Judge

    January 2020 – Present

    • Arvada Municipal Court Presiding Judge

    May 2013 – January 2020

    • Denver City Attorney’s Office Litigation Section Assistant Director

    December 2011 – May 2013


    QUOTE:
    “My judicial service motto is RIO - Respect, Integrity, Outcome focus.” And “The Court is the face of government to the community.” ”In court, I am polite, respectful, congenial, and kind. However, I am also direct and concise in my communication. When off the bench and interacting with my team, demonstrate respect for their knowledge and experience and am collaborative whenever possible. I encourage the team members to generate solutions to case-specific questions and share them with me. I have a great sense of humor that often helps us shed some of the stress that all court personnel deal with every day.”


  • Jill Hueser

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    3 months ago

    EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY :
    Juris Doctorate - University of Wisconsin Law School

    Bachelor of Art – Political Science - University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
    Colorado Bar Association - District Court of Colorado,

    Volunteer coach/mentor in the SLAM program sports outreach for urban youth 2008-2010

    Partners in Reading mentor 2007-2008

    Lawyers in the Classroom 2007-2009


    EXPERIENCE

    • Lead Municipal Prosecutor, Fort Collins, CO

    2018 – Present

    • Deputy Municipal Judge, Loveland, CO

    2018 – Present

    • Assistant Municipal Judge, Greeley, CO

    January 2018 – Present

    • Deputy District Attorney, Adams County

    2013 – 2018

    • Consumer Finance Litigation Associate, Akerman Senterfitt LLP

    2012 –2013


    QUOTE:
    "My commitment to justice and equity, and to making the Fort Collins Municipal Court the very best it can be, has paid off in seeing improved efficiency, greater accessibility, fair and consistent outcomes, and positive feedback from both City employees and the community. As a judge and a prosecutor, I am dedicated to upholding the highest standards of integrity, to continuous improvement of both myself and the court, and to balancing compassion and accountability."

    EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY :
    Juris Doctorate - University of Wisconsin Law School

    Bachelor of Art – Political Science - University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
    Colorado Bar Association - District Court of Colorado,

    Volunteer coach/mentor in the SLAM program sports outreach for urban youth 2008-2010

    Partners in Reading mentor 2007-2008

    Lawyers in the Classroom 2007-2009


    EXPERIENCE

    • Lead Municipal Prosecutor, Fort Collins, CO

    2018 – Present

    • Deputy Municipal Judge, Loveland, CO

    2018 – Present

    • Assistant Municipal Judge, Greeley, CO

    January 2018 – Present

    • Deputy District Attorney, Adams County

    2013 – 2018

    • Consumer Finance Litigation Associate, Akerman Senterfitt LLP

    2012 –2013


    QUOTE:
    "My commitment to justice and equity, and to making the Fort Collins Municipal Court the very best it can be, has paid off in seeing improved efficiency, greater accessibility, fair and consistent outcomes, and positive feedback from both City employees and the community. As a judge and a prosecutor, I am dedicated to upholding the highest standards of integrity, to continuous improvement of both myself and the court, and to balancing compassion and accountability."