Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Wednesday, March 22, 2000
Amy Jewett Sampson
OWENS APPOINTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO JUDICIAL DISTRICT NOMINATING COMMISSIONS
DENVER Governor Bill Owens recently appointed seven new members to the following Judicial District (J.D.) Nominating Commissions: 12th J.D., Robert W. Felmlee of Center; 15th J.D., Keith D. Hall of Lamar; 17th J.D., Donna L. Fair of Thornton; Ninth J.D., Richard J. Meeker of Aspen; 18th J.D., Karlene K. Homstedt of Limon; 14th J.D., George C. Bagwell of Steamboat Springs; and 20th J.D., G. Lane Earnest of Boulder.
Robert Felmlee will serve on the 12th J.D. Nominating Commission as a non-attorney member from Saguache County. Felmlee is the past president of the Center School Board and received his bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Keith Hall will serve on the 15th J.D. Nominating Commission as a non-attorney member from Prowers County. Hall is the past president of the Lamar Noon Lions and secretary for the RE 2 Lamar School Board.
Donna Fair will serve on the 17th J.D. Nominating Commission as a non-attorney member from Adams County. Fair is a district division clerk for the Second J.D. and serves on the Human Resources Standing Committee for the State Court Administrators Office.
Richard Meeker will serve on the Ninth J.D. Nominating Commission as a non-attorney member from Pitkin County. Meeker retired from the real estate profession in 1977 and served as a board member for the Bank of Aspen from 1980 to 1990. He received his bachelors degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Karlene K. Homstedt will serve on the 18th J.D. Nominating Commission as a non-attorney from Lincoln County. Homstedt is a member of the Limon Heritage Society and served as vice-chair for the Limon Wellness Board.
George Bagwell will serve on the 14th J.D. Nominating Commission as a non-attorney member from Routt County. Bagwell is a professor as Colorado Mountain College and serves as a course and degree consultant for Regis Universitys University in the Mountains program. Bagwell received his masters degree from San Diego State University.
Lane Earnest will serve on the 20th J.D. Nominating Commission as an attorney from Boulder County. Earnest is a partner in the law firm of Caplan and Earnest. He serves on the Colorado advisory board for the Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund of Colorado. Earnest received his juris doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law.
The Nominating Commission is responsible for interviewing applicants for judicial vacancies that occur in a state court (county, district, court of appeals or supreme courts) and recommending two or three individuals to the Governor for consideration. State judges are appointed by the Governor rather than elected on a political ticket.
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