Under the general direction of the City Council, and in accordance with the Canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct as adopted by the Supreme Court of Colorado, the Municipal Court Judge adjudicates civil and criminal cases arising under the City Charter, City Code, and other ordinances of the City of Boulder. As a problem-solving court, the Municipal Court Judge routinely explains the laws and systems to customers and clients of the Boulder Municipal Court and orders and enforces contempt, failure to appear, abatement of nuisance, and other responsibilities prescribed by charter, code, or ordinance. The Judge evaluates evidence, testimony, and legal briefs and issues written findings as necessary. Furthermore, the Municipal Court Judge issues inspection and search warrants in accordance with applicable law, imposes fines and penalties as authorized, and assesses and collects civil penalties. When needed, the Judge provides input on the creation and revision of City ordinances relevant to impacts on the court or court procedures.
The Municipal Court Judge is excited by the opportunity to set the standards for judicial conduct and decision-making in the Boulder Municipal Court. The Judge actively contributes to the evolution of the Court and its programs designed to improve the community and intentionally collaborates with the Court Administrator in developing and refining Court policies and procedures. With an inclusive and approachable style, the Municipal Court Judge develops positive relationships, establishes a high level of trust, and actively collaborates with others to achieve the Court’s objectives. The Municipal Court Judge believes in a fair, effective, and humane justice system. The judge demonstrates a commitment to advancing racial equity as a key organizational value and recognizes racial inequalities, specifically in the justice system. As a steward of the justice system, the Municipal Court Judge does not allow the lack of representation in civil matters to add to the burdens of the poor. The Judge has a passion for developing positive community relations with the ability to build strong, yet independent working relationships with a wide variety of legal, nonprofit, and social service partners. The successful candidate is an effective communicator and active listener who values honesty and integrity and believes in cultivating objectivity and independence to ensure against any perception of bias.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for the Municipal Court Judge is $136,136 – $217,776 with an anticipated hiring range of $159,328 - $194,688 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Boulder is a progressive organization that values employee engagement and well-being. Other benefits include Hybrid Work, Flex Schedules, Telehealth and Wellness Incentives, Infants and Dogs at Work Program, Local bus Eco-Pass, and an Employee Discount Program on goods and services throughout the Boulder Community. Additional information can be viewed here.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at jobs.crelate.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on December 11, 2023.
At least five years of experience in the practice of law. Direct municipal law experience, ideally with a successful track record in litigation is essential. Demonstrated proficiency in both creating and maintaining innovative programs and systems to support them is required. Prior leadership experience managing professional staff is essential with direct experience managing Associate/Relief Judges beneficial. Must be an excellent communicator with an organized approach to setting priorities and achieving results. Strong analytical experience and exceptional writing skills are required and experience as a fact finder is desired. Direct experience working with and supporting diverse populations is ideal. Prior experience as a judicial officer is beneficial. A license in good standing to practice law in the State of Colorado or the ability to qualify for Admission on Motion in Colorado is essential. Residency in Boulder County is required.