7th Judicial District gets new judge

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday announced he appointed Ouray County Attorney Mary Deganhart to serve as the new district court judge in the 7th Judicial District.

Deganhart, a Ridgway resident, has been the Ouray County attorney since 2006. She began working in private practice in 1985 and owned her own law firm from 1993 to 2006 in Pagosa Springs. She also worked as a contract attorney for Archuleta County from 2000 to 2005, according to a news release from Hickenlooper’s office.

The judgeship, the fifth in the 7th Judicial District, was created by the Colorado Legislature earlier this year when lawmakers approved taking a position away from the 1st Judicial District and transferring it to the 7th District, which includes Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

Deganhart was selected from three nominees for the $128,000-a-year job. Peter Bogardus of Crested Butte and Marcus Lock of Gunnison were the other nominees recommended to Hickenlooper by the 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission.


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