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Silverthonre appoints Frisco lawyer Sanam Mehrnia to special judge’s post

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Frisco attorney Sanam Mehrnia

Silverthorne Town Council on Wednesday appointed Frisco attorney Sanam Mehrnia to serve as special municipal court judge in the event Chief Municipal Judge Ron Carlson is unavailable for any reason.

Town manager Ryan Hyland commented that Judge Carlson is as about as reliable as anyone in the county, as the town manager explained the need to appoint a special judge in the event of a unique circumstance.

Hyland said the special judge position has gone unfilled the last six months, as according to a town memo, Byron Scott Henry, who was appointed in 2015, is no longer able to serve in that capacity.

"My judicial philosophy will be in step and emulate with that of Judge Carlson and his approach to justice," Mehrnia wrote in a letter to town council expressing her interest in the position and a desire to be consistent with how Carlson currently handles his court. Mehrnia addressed council during the public comments portion of Wednesday's meeting and said the same.

Terms for special municipal court judges run two years. State law allows for a municipal judge to be removed if convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, for failing to perform his or her duties or if the judge suffers a disability that interferes with the job.

A graduate of law school at Arizona State University, Mehrnia passed the Colorado bar exam in 2009 and started her practice in Frisco in 2015. She unsuccessfully ran for district attorney as an independent candidate in 2016.

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Wednesday's council vote was unanimous. There were few items on the agenda, and Councilman Russ Camp did not attend the meeting. Mayor Bruce Bulter said Camp was traveling abroad.