|Killin appointed Phillips County judge|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Tuesday, May 13, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Kimbra Killin to the Phillips County Court bench. She is filling a vacancy due to the resignation of the Honorable David O. Colver, effective May 30.
Killin, who is an attorney in Holyoke, said she is excited for this new challenge that is related to her law degree.
“I’m a strong believer in public service,” she said, adding that this is a way for someone in the law profession to serve his or her community.
Killin will be working part time as the Phillips County judge and part time in her private practice at Colver, Killin & Sprague, LLP, in Holyoke.
Her primary areas of practice include real estate transactions, estate planning and probate, entity formation, title work and agricultural issues.
Killin, who is a 1987 HHS grad, returned to Holyoke in April of 1995 to join Colver and form the Colver & Killin law office.
She passed the bar in October 1994 after earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, College of Law in May 1994.
Killin received her Bachelor of Science technical management degree from Regis College in Denver in 1990.
Killin said she learned a lot about the judge position from working alongside Colver for so many years. Colver, who was the Phillips County judge for over 30 years, was an inspiration to Killin when she decided to apply for the county judge position.
Killin was interviewed by Justice Monica Marquez and the 13th Judicial District nominating commission. After she was selected as one of the finalists, she was interviewed by four attorneys from the governor’s office before being appointed by Hickenlooper last week.
Kimbra Killin is appointed Phillips County judge by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, effective May 30.
Her initial term of office as a county judge is a provisional term of two years, and thereafter she will need to be approved by voters every four years.
Killin said she is excited to focus on a new side of law and for the opportunity to interact with more people.
“It just seems like the right time,” she said, noting she has had more time since she and husband Troy Killin sold their trucking enterprise, STC Corp, in February.
She was a stockholder and corporate secretary of this livestock hauling company, assisting with tax, legal and regulatory compliance.
Additionally, Killin previously served as special county attorney for the Phillips and Sedgwick County Departments of Social Services.
While Killin has served on many boards and commissions, her only current position is vice president of the Holyoke Re-1J School Board, which she was elected to in 2009.
Killin was appointed a Colorado transportation commissioner for seven years beginning in January 2005 and serving as the commission chair from August 2009 to July 2010. Transportation commissioners are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate for the purpose of formulating policy and budgeting for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
As a Republican River Water Conservation District board member from its inception in 2004 to 2011, Killin played an integral role as part of the executive committee in negotiating with both ground and surface water owners to meet water allocation obligations of the Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado Republican River Compact as well as in working with state and federal involved agencies. She was the board vice president from 2004-09 and served as the budget committee chair during her entire tenure.
From 1999-2005, Killin served as director and treasurer for Highline Electric Association.
Killin has also served as a member on the Dragon’s Wagon Preschool Board, Phillips County Child and Adult Protection Teams and Stockholder Advisory Board for a rural agricultural lender.
Along with her husband, Killin will continue with their first-generation farm, Killin Joint Venture, where she participates in management, bookkeeping and marketing.
The Killins have three children. Austin is finishing his sophomore year at Stanford University in California, Alyssa just graduated from HHS and will head to Baylor University in Texas this fall, and Cade is finishing his fourth-grade year at Holyoke Elementary.
Holyoke Enterprise May 22, 2014