Ritter appoints judge to GarCo bench

Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Jonathan Bruce Pototsky of Glenwood Springs to the Garfield County court Thursday.

Pototsky, a prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, replaces retiring County Judge Jason Jovanovich. His appointment is effective Jan. 11.

Prior to working as a prosecutor, Pototsky was a partner in an Amityville, N.Y., law firm. He also worked as a private attorney and a prosecutor in Michigan.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 1987 and his juris doctor from the Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan.

County court judges serve a provisional term of two years before facing voters in a retention election. If retained, they serve four-year terms. Such judges earn $123,067 a year.

Jovanovich decided not to seek retention by voters this fall after being placed on paid leave in May, 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.


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