OURAY COUNTY: Jackson appointed county judge

By Sheridan Block

Taking the helm in the courthouse, attorney Cory Jackson will serve as the new county court judge.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Jackson to the bench. He will fill the vacancy left by the Honorable David Westfall, who was appointed district court judge for the Seventh Judicial District.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve," said Jackson. "I am looking forward to working with the court staff, other judicial officers, members of the bar and the public."

Jackson brings nearly 10 years of experience to his new position. He graduated from Colorado College in 2002 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2005. He worked as a legal research attorney for the 21st Judicial District from 2005 to 2006 and as corporate counsel for the Tri County Telephone Association from 2006 to 2012.

Currently, Jackson is the sole practitioner at The Cory Jackson Company, based in Ouray. He is also the executive director, chairman and co-founder of The Alpine Near-Miss Survey, an anonymous and open reporting system for near-miss situations (unintended, unsafe) in the back-country. His practice is rooted in corporate law with an emphasis in nonprofit corporations, municipal land use, family law, trusts and estates, homeowner associations and common interest community management, and residential real estate transactions.

The appointment will take effect on Jan. 13.
Even though the county bench has been filled, the city is still looking for a replacement municipal judge, a role previously held by Westfall. According to the City’s Home Rule Charter, the municipal judge is appointed by city council for an indefinite term.

City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli explained that if Jackson is interested, council can choose to appoint him to the position or opt to find someone else. The city has until mid-January to find a replacement.