Judge Brandi Nieto
We sat down with Brandi Nieto, Greeley’s new Presiding Municipal Judge for a little Q & A.
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A: I’ve been living here in Greeley since 2005 and really like it, it reminds me a lot of home. I’m from southeastern Colorado (La Junta). I’ve always liked Greeley; I thought it had more of a
"big-city" feel but still felt like a small town. We plan on staying here for quite a while.
Q: What brought you to Greeley?
A: When you decide in law school that you want to be a DA, you find out pretty quickly that DA jobs are not easy to find. There are only a limited number of them. I knew someone who knew someone who found out [Greeley] was hiring and I applied and made Greeley my home. I haven’t thought about going back since. Greeley being located between Fort Collins and Denver means that everything is still close, and Denver keeps getting closer every day.
Q: What are you looking forward to working here?
A: I consider this a service to the community, being a judge. I was raised to think that even if you don’t have anything, you can always give back something. There are weeks that I think I run myself ragged between the many community service obligations that I have, but I figure I’d rather do that than sit at home and watch TV. This job is a great opportunity to make a difference, and I get paid for it!
Q: What drew you to law?
A: People used to tell me all the time, “You should be a lawyer when you grow up,” because I used to love to argue with everybody about everything, but I went to college and wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I started out as a psychology major and then I changed to a sociology major. And then I started taking all these criminology classes and I thought, “This is fascinating.” The next thing I knew, criminal law became my love and I couldn’t think of doing anything else. As soon as I got out of college, I applied for law school, got in, and the rest is history.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Normally in my free time, we go to a lot of concerts—we like outdoor concerts. We spend time with our friends, and I love to go shopping. I like to do girl stuff with all my girls—manicures, pedicures, that kind of thing. Just recently, we did one of those group painting workshops. I like to be artsy, I do a lot of beading, I make a lot of jewelry and we spend a lot of time with our dogs.