Granger selected for district court |

Granger selected for district court

DENVER ” Gov. Bill Owens tapped Clear Creek County Judge Russell Granger Monday to serve as district judge in the 5th Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek and Lake counties.

Granger takes the reins from Eagle County District Judge Richard Hart, who recently announced his retirement. The date Granger begins is not yet known, said Karen Salaz, spokeswoman for the Colorado Judicial Branch.

Granger was chosen over Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett and private attorney David Lugert. He will be based in the Eagle County courthouse and preside over cases from all four counties, Salaz said.

“Russ Granger is regarded as an exceptional county court judge,” Owens said. “The district will be well served by this promotion.”

Granger’s experience includes seven years as Clear Creek County judge, acting district court judge and attorney for Georgetown. He also teaches bar preparation and paralegal courses.

The Georgetown resident received an undergraduate degree from Colorado Christian University and a law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles.

Granger will serve a provisional term of two years, then he must be voted back into office for another six years. He will earn $110,255 annually.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or

Vail, Colorado

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