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Boulder District Judge Norma Sierra will retire in October, creating a vacancy on the 20th Judicial District bench.

Sierra will retire Oct. 6, according to a release from the Colorado Judicial Department.

Sierra was first appointed as a district court magistrate in 2002 before becoming a Boulder County judge in 2011. She became a district judge in 2015.

Prior to that, Sierra worked in private practice as a mediator and domestic relations attorney in Colorado.

The 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Aug. 31 to interview and select nominees to fill Sierra’s seat.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a qualified elector of the 20th Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years.

The current annual salary for this position is $183,816.

The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years. If retained by the voters, the judge will then serve six-year terms.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Maria E. Berkenkotter, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the court executive, Amy Waddle, 1777 Sixth St., Boulder, CO 80302. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at

The completed application must be e-mailed no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 1. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. July 25.

The members of the nominating commission for the 20th Judicial District are Mari Bush, Courtenay Patterson, James Hooton, Cynthia Mitchell, Claudine Schneider, Tejwant Mangat and Laura Sparks, all of Boulder.

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