Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia chose Lake County judge Wayne Patton from a pool of three candidates to take a new seat on the bench of the 5th Judicial District, his office announced Tuesday.
Patton, a U.S. Army veteran, will begin work in his new post July 1.
A locally based Judicial Nomination Commission will select candidates for a new judge to replace Patton in the Lake County court.
Patton received a bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Ohio and served in the U.S. Army before attending law school at the University of Denver’s Strum College of Law. He was previously a Leadville City Attorney and special county attorney for Lake County, but resigned those posts when he became a judge.
He also worked in private practice at the Patton Law Office and currently serves as the County Court Magistrate for Eagle County, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
State lawmakers created the new judgeship in the 5th Judicial District, which includes Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties, to help the court handle a growing caseload.
The lieutenant governor considered a range of factors in appointing new judges, including the candidates’ life experience and judicial temperament, staffers said.