Task force releases recommendations to protect the rights of Coloradans experiencing mental health crises

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 — A task force created to evaluate the legality of ‘mental health holds’ provided recommendations today to ensure people who are experiencing a mental health crisis receive proper treatment and constitutional protections.

The task force was created at the direction of Gov. John Hickenlooper last year after he vetoed SB 16-169, citing concerns about the due process rights of individuals experiencing mental health crisis.

Primary among the recommendations is that the General Assembly pursue legislation prohibiting the use of jails to hold persons with mental health issues who have not been accused of crimes.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Colorado Court of Appeals judge

DENVER — Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the appointment of Craig R. Welling to serve as a judge for the Colorado Court of Appeals. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Gale Miller.

Welling currently serves as a District Court Judge for the 17th Judicial District where he presides over a criminal docket. Previously, he presided over a juvenile docket including dependency and neglect cases, juvenile delinquency cases, contested and uncontested adoption cases, and paternity and maternity determinations. He also presided over a domestic relations docket, and handled appeals from municipal and county court cases. Prior to being appointed as a District Court Judge, Welling served in Gov. Bill Ritter's Office of Legal Counsel and as an associate at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP.  

Welling earned his B.S. from Colorado State University in 1995, an M.A. in engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2001, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2001.​

His appointment is effective January 16, 2017.

Many state offices closed on Monday, Jan. 2

DENVER — Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 — In observance of New Year’s Day, many state offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

State driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office and executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.

Many of Colorado’s state parks will be open but the visitor centers and administrative offices will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways and Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints judge in 17th Judicial District

DENVER — Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Tomee Crespin as district court judge for the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties). She will fill a vacancy created by the non-retention of the Honorable Jill-Ellyn Straus.

Crespin is currently a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Tomee Crespin, LLC where she focuses on family and criminal law litigation. She also serves as an Associate Judge in Commerce City Municipal Court, Brighton Municipal Court, and Lakewood Municipal Court. Prior to her current employment, Crespin was an associate attorney at the Law Office of Marion McBain, P.C., an associate attorney at Donelson Ciancio Goodwin & Juarez, P.C., and a Senior Trial Deputy District Attorney in the 17th Judicial District.  

Crespin earned her undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1996 and her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 2000.

Her appointment is effective January 10, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline.

The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline monitors and disciplines misconduct of judges and justices of the state courts of Colorado and provides education programs to judges on their ethics obligations under the Colorado code of Judicial Conduct.

For a term expiring June 30, 2019:

Drucilla Pugh of Pueblo, to serve as a non-attorney, appointed.

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Many state offices closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 & Monday, Dec. 26

DENVER — Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 — In observance of Christmas, many state offices will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Dec. 26.

All of Colorado’s state parks will be open but the visitor centers and administrative offices will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways and Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.

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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University, Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, Colorado Dental Board, Executive Clemency Advisory Board, Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College, Government Data Advisory Board, Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines, Pinnacol Assurance Board of Directors, Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners and Board of Trustees for Western State Colorado University.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Council, Hospital Provider Fee Oversight and Advisory Board, Statewide Independent Living Council, Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, Board of Trustees for Colorado Mesa University, Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado, Utilities Consumer Council, Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee.

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