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Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district judge in 12th Judicial District

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Michael Anthony Gonzales to serve as a district judge in the 12th Judicial District (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties). Gonzales will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable O. John Kuenhold.


Gonzales, of Alamosa, is the Alamosa County Court Judge, where he has worked since 2007. He has spent the majority of his career working on criminal law prosecution and litigation.


Gonzales earlier worked in the 12th Judicial District’s Office of the District Attorney, serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney for six years. Before that, he worked as an adjunct professor at Trinidad State College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado.


Gonzales’ judicial appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2011.