Thornton municipal judge passes away

Judge Charles Rose served the city for 33 years

Staff report
Posted 9/7/21

Thornton's municipal judge, Charles Rose, passed away at the age of 68 on Monday, the city announced in a news release. Rose worked for the city for 33 years after starting as an associate judge in …

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Thornton municipal judge passes away

Judge Charles Rose served the city for 33 years

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Thornton's municipal judge, Charles Rose, passed away at the age of 68 on Monday, the city announced in a news release.

Rose worked for the city for 33 years after starting as an associate judge in 1988. He became presiding judge in 1992.

Mayor Jan Kulmann said in the news release, “Judge Rose was such a professional and so well respected in the legal community. He leaves a legacy of integrity, fairness, and compassion both on and off the bench. His mentorship of judges entering the profession as well as prosecuting and defense attorneys endures." 

During Rose's time in Thornton, the court system went from part-time to full-time to meet the needs of the rapidly growing community. He was a proponent of mediation programs, juvenile diversion, and juvenile graduated sanctions programs. He was also a member of the Colorado Municipal Judges Association, which he served as its president for some time.

Also, in his career, he was also a prosecutor and defense attorney throughout the metro area.

Kulmann added, “Thornton was so lucky to have such a wise and fair person leading our courts.”

City spokesman Todd Barnes said the city's associate judges will serve in Rose's place in the interim. The city council will ultimately have to select a permanent replacement.

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