Seventeenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Michael A. Obermeyer
Retention Year: 1990
Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.
Judge Obermeyer graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1972 and worked with the Adams County Attorney’s Office in 1973. He was a municipal prosecutor for the city of Northglenn from 1973 to 1977. He then entered private practice for four years. In 1977 he was appointed to the County Court bench. He was elevated to the 17th District Court position, which he now holds, in 1981. Since that time, he has been responsible for criminal, juvenile, and civil cases. He is currently the “roving” judge which means he helps out the other district judges with their dockets.
The positive comments on the questionnaire included: “Excellent judge; courteous, no oddball rulings; very fair.” Another respondent wrote, “Has grown and matured in his position. Does not belittle or unduly chastise anyone in the courtroom.” A third noted. “Excellent judge; great asset to the legal community.”
The focus of any criticism seemed to be on Obermeyer’s perceived lack of industriousness. One person observed, “Avoids work as much as he can.” Another stated, “Complains endlessly about the amount of work.” Obermeyer did well in his interview with commission members. He received mostly positive scores on his answers to their questions.