City Attorney/Prosecutor Announces for Superior Court Judge
Local City Attorney and prosecutor Mike Colantuono declared himself a candidate for Nevada County Superior Court Judge Friday.
“I am running to keep our families and communities safe,” Colantuono stated in a media release. “I believe that we need a fair judge on the bench with experience in both criminal and civil law. In the last few years, methamphetamine use has led to a sharp increase in all types of crime, from burglary to domestic violence. That needs to come to an end.”
Mike Colantuono is a partner at Colantuono & Levin, P.C., a Penn Valley law firm that specializes in work with local governments. Colantuono currently serves as City Attorney of Auburn, General Counsel of the Yuba County Water District, and Special Counsel to the Ophir Hill Fire Protection District and other local governments throughout California.
In his work with cities, Colantuono has prosecuted dozens of city code offenders and has served as Chief Legal Advisor to the police departments of the cities he represents. He presently serves as Chief Legal Advisor to the Auburn Chief of Police.
“People look to Superior Court Judges to enforce the laws ” not to write them,” he stated . “My priorities will be to keep violent, repeat offenders off the streets and to give the residents of Nevada County a fair, experienced, ethical judge.”
Colantuono graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received his law degree from UC Berkeley, where he won many awards, graduated first in his class, and served as an Articles Editor of the California Law Review.
After law school, Colantuono obtained a clerkship with Judge James Browning of the United States Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, teaching State and Local Administrative Law.
Colantuono is a Judge Pro Tem of the Placer Superior Court. He is also President of the Nevada County Bar Association and was appointed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors as a Trustee of the Nevada County Law Library. He is a participant in the Nevada County Civic Leadership Institute, a joint effort of local Chambers of Commerce, the United Way of Western Nevada County, and Sierra College.
Colantuono currently serves on the Ethics Committee of the California Special Districts Association. As President of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities, he established the Department’s first Ethics Committee, which produced a guide to the laws governing the conduct of government lawyers and a set of ethics guidelines.
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