THORNTON, CO… It is with great sadness for the city of Thornton to inform you of the death of Thornton's Municipal Judge Charles Rose.
Judge Rose began serving Thornton as an Associate Judge in 1988. He was later appointed Presiding Judge on July 13, 1992, and oversaw Thornton's court operations as the city transformed from a population of 50,000 people to its present population of over 141,000 people. As a result of the growing population, Thornton evolved from a part-time court system to full-time in 2006.
During his 33 years of service to Thornton, Judge Rose actively supported new programs such as Mediation Programs, Juvenile Diversion, Juvenile Graduated Sanctions, and other community service programs. He remained active in the Colorado Municipal Judges Association serving as vice president and president of the organization during his career. Prior to his appointment as Presiding Judge, he also served as Associate Judge for the cities of Aurora and Wheat Ridge, and served as a prosecutor and defense attorney in several metro area jurisdictions, along with work in a family law private practice.
"Thornton was so lucky to have such a wise and fair person leading our courts," said Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann. "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."
Judge Rose was 68 years old. The employees of the city of Thornton send their condolences to his family and friends.