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Wednesday, September 4, 2002
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OWENS APPOINTS FRED GANNETT OF BASALT AS
COUNTY COURT JUDGE IN 5TH J.D.

DENVER - Governor Bill Owens has appointed Frederick Walker Gannett of Basalt to the position of Eagle County Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District. This appointment becomes effective on January 14, 2003. Gannett fills a vacancy occasioned by the retirement of the Honorable Terri S. Diem.

"Fred Gannett has experience as a county court judge and has gained additional expertise in his private practice over the past six years," said Gov. Owens. "He will serve the citizens of Eagle County well. With his experience, he should be prepared to immediately ease the heavy caseload of the Eagle County Court."

Gannett was a sheriff's deputy in Pitkin County from 1977 to 1983 before beginning his legal career. Almost immediately after law school, Gannett was appointed to the Eagle County Court in 1987. After six years, he stepped down from that position to gain experience in private practice.

In addition to his private practice, Gannett has served as a municipal judge for the town of Basalt and as an assistant municipal judge for the town of Vail since 1996. He received his juris doctorate from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

The initial term of office for a county court judge is a provisional term of two years, after which the incumbent must stand for retention to serve an additional four years. The annual salary for this position is $100,137.

 

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