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Gazette Premium Content Governor promotes county court judge to District Court

LANCE BENZEL Updated: November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

An El Paso County judge who was retained for another three-year term in Tuesday’s election will instead get a promotion — to District Court.

The governor’s office on Thursday announced the appointment of Judge Marla Prudek to fill a spot on the El Paso County District Court bench left vacant by the October resignation of former Chief Judge Kirk S. Samelson.

“I’m just very honored to have the opportunity to serve the 4th Judicial District in the capacity as a District Court judge,” Prudek said.

Prudek is a former El Paso County prosecutor and served in private practice prior to her appointment to the county court bench.

She is a graduate of Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and the University of Puget Sound Law School in Tacoma, Wash.

The other finalists for the District Court position were Gail Warkentin of Colorado Springs, an El Paso County prosecutor, and attorney Michael Kirtland of Woodland Park.

In the county court system, judges preside over misdemeanor and traffic cases. District Court is where felonies and more serious crimes are prosecuted, along with bigger-stakes lawsuits and juvenile matters.

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