At the recommendation of municipal Judge John Baier, W. Bruce Joss of Cedaredge has been appointed a substitute municipal court judge for the City of Delta.
Currently, Brad Kolman steps in when Judge Baier is faced with a conflict of interest. Occasionally, circumstances arise where both Baier and Kolman, a longtime county attorney, have a conflict. Such a case is before the court now.
According to state statute, a municipality may appoint as many substitute judges as circumstances require. Council last week voted unanimously to appoint Joss as a substitute judge.
Joss moved to Cedaredge from Louisville, where he was a partner and shareholder in the firm of Rautenstraus and Joss, PC. He served as city attorney for Louisville and was appointed presiding judge for Louisville Municipal Court in December 2001. He retired from his law firm in 2012.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.