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Clerk to the Municipal Court

The Court Clerk serves as Court Administrator and acts as support to the Municipal Judges by handling the daily administrative duties of the Municipal Court. Our office is also responsible for the record of the hearing including an electronic record of the entire proceeding and any orders or notes the judges wish to be made in the court file.

If you are seeking a continuance of your court case, please contact us. The Court will grant one courtesy continuance for any first appearance.  We cannot reschedule trials and other types of hearings, for this you will need to appear during Court and discuss this with the Judge.

Judges

Presiding Municipal Judge Brandi Nieto

Judge Brandi NietoThe Greeley Municipal Judge serves as the administrative hearing officer for cases involving liquor licenses, animal and zoning issues, code violations, as well as traffic and minor criminal cases.

Nieto earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2003. Nieto completed an internship with the Colorado Attorney’s General Office and served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephen M. Munsinger in the 1st Judicial District. Nieto served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Weld County District Attorney’s Office from 2005-2010 where she prosecuted misdemeanor, traffic and felony cases.

In mid-2010, Nieto sought opportunities to diversify her knowledge and skills and accepted employment in a private law firm where she has practiced domestic, criminal, civil and bankruptcy law. Nieto has also served as an Assistant Municipal Judge in Greeley since December of 2011. An active member of the community, Nieto has served in a volunteer capacity with many organizations including A Woman’s Place, Inc., the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County and the Weld Food Bank.

Assistant Municipal Court Judge - Diane Knutson

Judge Diane KnutsonJudge Diane Knutson serves as one of the City of Greeley’s Assistant Municipal Court Judges and hearing officers for the City of Greeley Liquor Licensing Authority.

Judge Knutson attended the University of Northern Colorado for her undergraduate studies and earned a Juris Doctor in 1978 from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, CA.

She has spent most of her career in southwestern Colorado as an attorney in private practice and Assistant Municipal Judge for the City of Durango until her appointment as Presiding Municipal Judge. Additionally, in 1996, Judge Knutson was appointed Municipal Judge for the Town of Ignacio and later, as Assistant Municipal Judge for the Town of Pagosa Springs.

Judge Knutson is a long time member of the Colorado Municipal Judges Association. She has served as a board member, office and President of the organization.

Having lived in Greeley previously, Judge Knutson considers it a privilege to be back and in a position to make a positive impact on the community as Assistant Municipal Judge for the City of Greeley. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing the flute, attending the symphony and local theater productions, traveling and sports.

Assistant Municipal Court Judge - Sunita Sharma​

Sunita SharmaJudge Sunita Sharma graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1997. During her tenure at Denver University College of Law, Judge Sharma served as a junior partner in the Lawyering Process Course taught at the University from 1995-1997. She was a staff member of the Preventative Law Journal and authored the article “Colorado’s Governmental Immunity Act – Employees not so Immune” published in the Spring 1997 issue.

Judge Sharma began her career as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Greeley, Colorado, practicing as a criminal prosecutor and also handling both state and federal civil litigation cases. She has also served as an Assistant City Attorney for Loveland, Colorado, with an emphasis in administrative law, transactional work, and representation of boards and commissions at public hearings. Judge Sharma has also practiced in the private sector with an emphasis in civil litigation, family law, landlord tenant law and municipal law.

Judge Sharma served as Municipal Judge for the Town of Gilcrest, Colorado, from 2005-2007. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the Institute of Business and Medical Careers; Is former President of the Weld County Bar Association as well as the Byron White Inns of Court; She has served as a Commissioner in the 19th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance and the Weld County Juvenile Review Board. Judge Sharma has additionally served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children, and as a Board member of the Larimer County Bar Association. She currently serves as a Regional Coordinator of the Northern Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament; Board Member of Union Colony Preparatory Charter School in Greeley; and also grades Bar Exams for the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners.

Judge Sharma currently practices in Berthoud, Colorado, serving Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties. Her primary areas of practice include municipal representation, bankruptcy, family law and estate planning.

Assistant Municipal Court Judge - Penny Gonzales-Soto

Penny Gonzales-SotoJudge Penny Gonzales-Soto received a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, College of Law in 2000 and Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 1993. She had the privilege of a clerkship with Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey in 1999 and 2000.

She has spent her career specializing in immigration law. First, she specialized in cases involving victims of domestic violence with the Justice Information Center in Denver. Her time with Catholic Charities was diverse in overseeing the Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Family initiative, which included areas of life skills, child passenger safety, community involvement, and eventually immigration law. In addition to her Assistant Municipal Judge duties, she began her solo practice in 2008.

Judge Gonzales-Soto is a native of Greeley and finds it a privilege to give back to the community. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and enjoys the many community events in Greeley and Weld County.

Assistant Municipal Court Judge - Krea Sledge

A native of central Illinois, Judge Krea Sledge received her B.A. in English from Illinois State University before attending law school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. During law school, Judge Sledge worked at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation where she assisted her supervising attorney with divorce and custody cases. After tracking a study in Natural Resources, Judge Sledge graduated May 2001 with her Juris Doctor degree. Judge Sledge moved to northern Colorado shortly after graduation, and began working for Phillips Petroleum Company as a contract attorney in their development of coal bed methane gas. When her work with Phillips was complete, Judge Sledge took the position of associate attorney with a Greeley law firm where she worked primarily in the area of family law. After two years as an associate Judge Sledge formed her own law firm. In 2013 Judge Sledge was sworn-in as an Assistant Municipal Judge for the City of Greeley Colorado.

Judge Sledge’s work experience is focused mainly in the field of family law, which includes divorce, legal separation, paternity, custody, child support, grandparent visitation, relocation, emancipation, restraining orders, and Dependency and Neglect cases. Through her work as a parent’s attorney in Dependency and Neglect cases, Judge Sledge participated in the Weld County Family Treatment Court where she assisted her clients in regaining custody of their children from the Department of Human Services. Judge Sledge also has experience with cases involving substance abuse/addiction, spouse/child abuse, termination of parental rights, abandonment, alienation, co-occurring disorders, and mental health disorders/diseases.

Judge Sledge is a certified Child and Family Investigator (CFI), and is on the court-approved list of CFI’s for Weld County. As a CFI, Judge Sledge accepts state-pay cases for individuals who qualify under state standards for indigent clients. Additionally, Judge Sledge is a Parenting Coordinator and Child’s Legal Representative.

Outside of family law Judge Sledge has worked on cases involving debt collection, unpaid wages, landlord-tenant, driver’s license suspension, traffic infractions, municipal code violations, breach of contract, bankruptcy and mineral development to name a few.

Assistant Municipal Court Judge - Teresa Ablao

Judge Teresa Ablao serves as one of the City of Greeley’s Assistant Municipal Court Judges. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and her Juris Doctor from University of Colorado in Boulder.

Judge Ablao is the presiding Municipal Judge for the Town of Wellington and Town of Hudson and is an Associate Judge for the City of Fort Collins and Liquor Licensing Authority for the Town of Windsor. In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Ablao is an assistant city attorney for City of Loveland. She has also served as deputy district attorney for the 8th Judicial District and as special prosecutor and court-appointed defense counsel in various municipal courts in Northern Colorado. Judge Ablao is honored by the opportunity to serve the City of Greeley and its citizens as an Assistant Municipal Judge.