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Ritter appoints Thompson district court judge

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mark Duncan Thompson of Breckenridge as Fifth District Court judge, according to a press release from Ritter’s office.

Thompson, who’s a shareholder of Breckenridge law firm West, Brown, Huntley and Thompson, was selected among three finalists to fill the seat Judge Terry Ruckriegle vacated Aug. 31.

Thompson has been with the firm since 1999 and his practice has consisted of construction litigation, property litigation and general civil litigation. He is the co-author of Chapter 27 of the Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law, according to Law Week Colorado at http://www.lawweekonline.com.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Maine in 1989 and his law degree from the University of Denver in 1992, when he began practicing law.

Ruckriegle served on the bench for 26 years before retiring.

For a district court judge, the initial term of office is two years. Afterward, voters decide whether to retain the judge to six-year terms at a $128,598 annual salary.