Gov. Bill Ritter appointed a Greeley lawyer to the Weld County bench today.
Todd Leslie Taylor will be the newest judge in the 19th Judicial District.
Taylor, a partner at Taylor & Rapp, is a former legal aid lawyer, prosecutor and Gilcrest municipal judge. A 1987 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, he holds a law degree from Georgetown University.
The appointment fills the seat vacated when Judge Gilbert A. Gutierrez retired and is effective Aug. 22.
Taylor will serve a provisional term until the second Tuesday of January in 2013. He may seek retention by the voters to a full term on the district court bench in the November 2012 election.