Finalists named for Garfield County judgeship

A prosecutor and an attorney working in private practice are the finalists for a Garfield County associate judgeship.

Jonathan Pototsky of Glenwood Springs and Joseph Kirwan of Edwards were chosen by the Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission in a meeting Monday. Gov. Bill Ritter has 15 days to appoint one of them to replace Jason Jovanovich as the judge handling western Garfield County cases out of Rifle.

Four people applied for the opening.

Jovanovich decided not to seek retention by voters this fall after being placed on paid leave May 4, apparently as a result of allegations by court employees that he has made inappropriate comments in court and treated them in an intimidating manner.

He remains on leave, but his term of office doesn’t expire until Jan. 11. A spokesman for the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline said he can’t comment on whether Jovanovich is under investigation.

Pototsky earned his law degree in 1991 and is a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District. He previously worked as a public defender and in private practice in Michigan and New York.

Kirwan has been an attorney in Colorado and Kentucky for nearly 30 years and works for the Silverman Law Office in Glenwood Springs. He has been a public defender and assistant commonwealth’s attorney. He also was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and served in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

“I think I have the qualifications and the common sense to be an effective and good judge,” he said.

Pototsky said he considers himself “the man for the job.”

“I’m going to treat people with respect and make sure the system is run the way it’s supposed to be run,” he said.

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