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Sixteenth Judicial District - Bent County Judge

2008 Retention Survey Report
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Honorable Mark A. MacDonnell

Retention year: 2008
Recommendation: Retain

The Sixteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Mark A. MacDonnell BE RETAINED.

Judge MacDonnell was appointed to the Bent County Court bench in October of 1993.  Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge MacDonnell had a general private practice in Las Animas, Colorado.  He has also represented the City of Las Animas and the Bent County Commissioners. Judge MacDonnell received his undergraduate degree from Adams State College and his law degree from the University of Colorado.

Judge MacDonnell is active in the community.  He has belonged to many local organizations, such as the Bent County Development Commission, Las Animas Helping Hands and the Arkansas Valley Pregnancy Center.  He has also served as a foster parent.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge MacDonnell from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written verbatim comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires.  The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge MacDonnell and conducted a personal interview with Judge MacDonnell.   The Commission also reviewed various orders and transcripts in cases over which Judge MacDonnell presided.  His opinions and decisions tended to be well reasoned and clearly written. 

Judge MacDonnell received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in most categories, particularly in the areas of treating all parties equally and politely, being consistent in his behavior, treating participants with respect and giving all participants an opportunity to be heard.  Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 100 percent recommended that Judge MacDonnell be retained in office.  Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 89% recommended retention and the remainder recommended non-retention.