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Quammen, Thomas 2010 Evaluation


Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge 

Honorable Thomas J. Quammen

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a unanimous vote of 10 to 0 that Judge Thomas J. Quammen BE RETAINED.

Judge Quammen was appointed to the District Court bench for the Nineteenth Judicial District in July of 2008. Born and raised in Greeley, Judge Quammen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Master’s degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Prior to his appointment to the District Court bench, Judge Quammen served as the Administrative Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties) from January 2005 to July 2008. He was with the District Attorney’s Office for the Nineteenth Judicial District from June 1981 through December 2004, serving as the Assistant District Attorney for the last 16 years of that tenure.

The Commission was impressed with Judge Quammen’s judicial demeanor, commitment to the rule of law, and his conscientious and dedicated approach to performing the duties of a judge. Judge Quammen treats people with compassion and respect. While Judge Quammen expressed awareness that some may perceive bias towards the prosecution because of his prior extensive work as a prosecutor, the Commission was satisfied that Judge Quammen works very hard to remain neutral and exercise his own independent judgment. Judge Quammen is very strong in his knowledge of criminal law and procedure; with more experience and opportunities for learning, the Commission believes Judge Quammen will improve his skills and knowledge in handling family and civil matters. Judge Quammen is both professional and approachable, manages his docket efficiently, and exercises good judgment in best managing his cases to reach a fair and just result for all of the individuals involved or impacted by his decisions. The Commission reviewed a self-evaluation completed by Judge Quammen, conducted a personal interview, considered written evaluations submitted by attorneys, court staff, litigants, jurors and various other persons. Additionally several members of the Commission observed Judge Quammen with visits to his courtroom while court was in session.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 74% recommended to retain, 11% not to retain, and 14% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 86% recommended to retain and 14% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 86% recommended to retain, 9% not to retain, and 4% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 91% recommended to retain and 9% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)