on December 15, 2014 by in Golden News, Comments Off on Quick selected to serve as judge

Quick selected to serve as judge

Don Quick may have lost the state attorney general’s race in November, but he ended up receiving a pretty nice consolation prize.

The former Adams County district attorney will soon preside over the same courtrooms where he once argued after he received a judicial appointment from Gov. John Hickenlooper on Dec. 9.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Quick. “Serving on the bench has always been an interest of mine, a way to serve the public and still be in the courtroom.”

Quick will fill a bench seat in the 17th Judicial District that is being vacated by retiring Judge Chris Melonakis. Quick will take over judicial duties on Jan. 12.

A judicial commission sent the names of three finalists to Hickenlooper, who ultimately selected Quick “after receiving broad support from both sides of the aisle and from all parts of the legal community for Don’s application,” the governor said in an emailed statement.

“This support and his extensive legal experience, including as district attorney for the 17th Judicial District itself, makes him the best fit for the job,” Hickenlooper said.

Quick served as Adams County DA from 2005 through 2013, after having held other positions in the office. While serving in Adams County, he brought forth numerous convictions in what is known as the Quality Paving scandal, and he took time to work on increasing graduation rates in high schools.

Prior to that, Quick served as chief deputy attorney general under former attorney general Ken Salazar.

Quick will serve two years as a divorce court judge, before he rotates to preside over other areas of law that will include civil and criminal justice.

Quick, a Democrat, lost an attorney general’s race to Cynthia Coffman in the fall, in a contest where he recieved numerous endorsements including the Denver Post, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and Durango Herald.

“I just feel very lucky that I am able to continue public service,” Quick said.​

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