Fifteenth Judicial District - Kiowa County Court Judge
Honorable Gary W. Davis
Retention Year: 2010
The Fifteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Gary W. Davis BE RETAINED by a vote of 9 to 0, with one recusal due to a member of the Commission being unable to attend one of the meetings.
Judge Davis was born in Lamar, Colorado and graduated from Lamar High School in 1970. He received his secondary education at Wheaton College and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978. Judge Davis was in private practice in Lamar and Eads from 1978 to 1987, and has been in private practice in Eads since 1987. He was appointed County Judge in 1992. Judge Davis has been a volunteer speaker regarding estate planning. He is also involved in church and as a past church board member and teacher has been able to achieve a level of involvement that strikes a good balance between being available while maintaining an appropriate distance so as not to have his judicial objectivity called into question.
The Kiowa County Court handles cases consisting primarily of traffic violations, civil claims not exceeding $15,000.00, small claims and misdemeanor cases. Judge Davis serves in a part-time position which typically involves an afternoon docket 4 to 5 days per month. His main strength is that he takes adequate time to ensure the defendant understands and knows the laws. Judge Davis also has a sense of humor, but maintains control of his courtroom.
The members of the Commission personally interviewed Judge Davis on May 4, 2010. Judge Davis enjoys serving as county judge, and believes that he can continue to perform his obligations in a competent and timely manner.
A judicial performance survey was received by the Commission from attorneys and non-attorneys. The category of non-attorneys included parties to a case, law enforcement and court personnel. The percentage of responses received from attorneys was 100% for retention and 0% for non-retention. The percentage of responses received from non-attorneys was 67% for retention, 11% undecided and 22% for non-retention.