One of Gov. Bill Ritter’s nominees to the state’s parole board drew fire Wednesday as one local lawmaker questioned the judgment of a former Denver county court judge.
Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, pressed parole board nominee Celeste C de Baca to explain why the Colorado Commission on Judicial Performance recommended that she not be retained at the polls in 1996.
“Judge C de Baca has established a serious pattern of inappropriate demeanor, lack of courtesy and lack of compassion,” the commission reported in its voter-information booklet.
“Tell us why we shouldn’t be concerned about that,” Penry said, noting a parole board exercises judgment similar to decisions made by a judge.
C de Baca replied that the voters disagreed with the commission’s rare recommendation and kept her on the bench.
Grand Junction Sentinel