Seventh Judicial District - Gunnison County Judge
Honorable Ashley M. Burgemeister
Retention Year: 2020
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously (9-0) agree, with one Commissioner absent, that Judge Ashley M. Burgemeister MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.
Over the past term, Judge Burgemeister presided over criminal, misdemeanor, traffic, civil, and small claims matters. Based on the Commission’s overall evaluation, Judge Burgemeister has demonstrated that she meets or exceeds performance standards in all categories. Judge Burgemeister is relatively new to the bench. She received an interim evaluation in 2019. Judge Burgemeister carefully reviewed that evaluation, which included performance surveys and took active steps to address any perceived deficiencies. She has benefitted from the assistance of a judicial coach. In Judge Burgemeister’s interim evaluation the Commission found that she issued decisions in a timely manner, engaged all parties, communicated effectively, treated all parties with respect, managed her docket efficiently and displayed an appropriate judicial temperament. Based upon the methods set forth below, this Commission agrees that Judge Burgemeister has improved with time and experience.
The Commission observed or monitored Judge Burgemeister in the courtroom, reviewed opinions she authored, reviewed survey results, interviewed the Chief Judge, the District Attorney and the Public Defender, reviewed Judge Burgemeister’s written self-evaluation, and conducted a personal interview. Thirteen attorneys and one non-attorney responded to surveys regarding Judge Burgemeister’s performance. Eighty-two percent of the attorneys responding agreed that Judge Burgemeister meets performance standards. The sole non-attorney responding also agreed that Judge Burgemeister meets performance standards. The surveys covered the judicial performance criteria of integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance and service to the legal profession and the public. The criteria are graded on a scale of 0 to 4. Judge Burgemeister’s overall rating was 3.4.
Judge Burgemeister was appointed to the Gunnison County Court in January of 2017. Prior to her appointment Judge Burgemeister had served as Family Court Facilitator for the Seventh Judicial District. Judge Burgemeister is active in the community, subject to the limitations presented by her office. She guest lectures at Western State Colorado University and is a run buddy for IRun4.