After receiving more than 50 applications, the Colorado Supreme Court has picked Steven Vasconcellos as State Court Administrator. Vasconcellos had been the interim administrator since July.
The State Court Administrator’s office oversees services for the Judicial Department that include human resources, technology, education and probation. The administrator also serves as a liaison to committees and working groups within the department, advising judges, and administrators about policy making and customer service.
“Steven has dedicated his professional life to the department and has unparalleled institutional knowledge and experience,” said Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats in a statement. “We have been greatly impressed not only by his management of the office as interim state court administrator over the last three months, but also by his ideas for better serving the needs of the state’s 22 judicial districts.”
Throughout a 24-year career with Colorado’s courts, Vasconcellos has clerked in Colorado Springs and held multiple positions in the administrator’s office.
The Denver Post reported in July that the previous administrator, Christopher Brown, resigned after state auditors began exploring a $2.5 million contract awarded to a former employee who was barred from approving any expenditures as a disciplinary measure, as well as allegations of non-work regarding at least two employees.
There are 425 judges, justices, and magistrates in Colorado’s judicial system, and roughly 4,600 total employees.