Neil Reynolds

Neil Reynolds swears in a City Council member last January.

After 41 years serving as Leadville’s municipal judge, Neil Reynolds submitted his retirement.

His decision came after the Feb. 4 city council meeting wherein council members decided not to reappoint Reynolds and appoint an interim judge instead, Mayor Greg Labbe said.

Every two years, city council votes to assess the position of municipal judge. The council can either re-appoint the sitting judge, or, as they decided in the Feb. 4 session, they can move to appoint an interim judge and open the position to applicants, Labbe said.

The council’s Feb. 4 motion denied the re-appointment of the position of municipal judge to Reynolds, though the following motion appointed him as the interim judge. Reynolds appeared for court the following week, and soon thereafter announced his plan to retire, Labbe said.

New applicants are being considered, including Lake County judge Jonathan Shamis and an applicant from Summit County, Labbe said.

Currently, there are no acting municipal judges. If an interim judge is not found by the next court docket on March 11, municipal court will be canceled and rescheduled, Labbe said.

The Herald Democrat contacted Reynolds, and he was unwilling to comment.

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