Littleton City Council Sept. 27 unanimously approved the appointment of Loretta Huffine as presiding municipal judge, succeeding outgoing judge Ethan Feldman.
The announcement comes after councilmembers met in executive session three times since early August to discuss candidates for the role. Of 17 applicants, councilmembers vetted 12, with three semifinalists interviewed Sept. 13.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the selection of Judge Huffine as Littleton's next presiding judge," said Mayor Kyle Schlachter, in a statement. "During her distinguished career she has proven to be an innovator in judicial processes while demonstrating compassion for those who appear before her."
Huffine has served as deputy presiding judge for the city since 2017. As municipal judge, Huffine will head the city's court and be paid a yearly salary of $84,444, according to her contract.
Before her time in Littleton, Huffine served in various judicial roles throughout the area including municipal judge for the City of Aurora, prosecutor for Englewood Municipal Court and deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District.
Huffine earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Denver and her bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Maryland.
“I plan to do the best job possible," Huffine said, adding she is "following Judge Feldman, which he has big shoes to fill."
Feldman, who Huffine called a "wonderful teacher," announced his retirement in July after a nine-year tenure with the city. During a city council meeting Sept. 20, Feldman was given a warm send-off by council members, with Schlachter calling him "the face of our municipal government to our residents."
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