Municipal judge has deep roots in city.


Englewood Municipal Judge Vincent Atencio is assured of serving another term, as he is unopposed in his bid for re-election.

Atencio is an Englewood native. He grew up in the city and attended Englewood schools. After high school graduation, he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University.

When he left Brown, he returned to Englewood, continued his education and earned his law degree from the University of Denver.

“I spent 23 years in private practice before I ran for my first term as municipal judge,” Atencio said. “I will complete my 16th year on the bench in November.”

He and his wife, Debra, live in the same house where Atencio was raised. His hobbies include hiking, skiing, camping and mountain biking.

Atencio’s answers to Colorado Community Media’s candidate questions are:

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for municipal judge because it gives me an opportunity to use my skills and abilities to make Englewood a better community. It has been a privilege and honor to serve the citizens of our city for the last 16 years. I am proud of what we have accomplished and I look forward to serving for another four years.

What makes you the best person for the job?  

My experience and the knowledge I have acquired during my time in this position allow me to deal effectively with the wide variety of cases we handle. My goal is to improve my performance every day and make our court the best municipal court in the state.

What do you believe is the most important issue facing your city and how will you approach it, if elected? 

The court’s primary mission is always to assure that everyone is given their rights of due process while providing the best customer service possible. Currently we are working to implement technological changes that will allow us to operate more efficiently. This includes providing the convenience of online services during my next term.

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