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News Release

39th Annual Judge Conrad Ball Award honors former Judge Daniel J. Kaup

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Apr 7, 2017

Contact Information:

Tim Hand, Director, Community Corrections, [970] 498-7516;, Laura Walker, Chair, Community Corrections Advisory Board, [970] 498-6239,, Lisa Wempen, Criminal Justice Services, [970] 980-2654,, Lindsay Murr, Community Corrections [970] 498-7512,

 Former judge to be honored for significant contributions to criminal justice

The Larimer County Community Corrections Board will honor former Colorado 8th Judicial District Court Judge Daniel J. Kaup, on April 21, 2017 as the recipient of the 39th Annual Judge Conrad L. Ball Award. Kaup is being recognized for his significant contributions to improving the quality of justice in Larimer County. The award event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Collins Country Club, 1920 Country Club Rd., Fort Collins, Colorado.
Kaup served as a judge in the Colorado 8th Judicial District Court from October 2001 to 2016, retiring from the court in December of 2016. Kaup was selected for the award for several reasons:
  • Kaup has dedicated over 42 years to the criminal justice system in the 8th Judicial District starting in 1975 as the deputy district attorney assigned to Walden, Colorado. He spent the next 26 years representing the state of Colorado serving the community of Walden.  Kaup's commitment to his job and the citizens of his community was unwavering. He brought success to the justice system in Walden through his compassion and intelligence, and understood the meaning of justice in every case he prosecuted. Though he represented the state, he viewed each defendant individually when deciding an appropriate judgement.
  • Kaup served the 8th Judicial District [Larimer and Jackson Counties] as a district court judge from 2001 until his retirement in December 2016. He also served as the presiding judge for the 8th Judicial District Drug Court for 14 years --- one of the longest continually operating drug courts in Colorado. Kaup was appointed to represent other drug court judges and to advise the chief justice on policies related to problem solving courts. He presided over more than 600 drug court hearings involving more than 500 Drug Court clients.  He balanced the dignity of the court with the caring persona of a truly concerned judicial officer, even when imposing strict sanctions for non-compliance.
  • As a district court judge he applied sound legal reasoning, made just decisions, while setting a high standard for those who came before him. Kaup's accomplishments, passion for our community and dedication to Drug Court participants leaves a lasting impression on many lives by making a positive impact during his years of service.
Other nominees for 2017:  Melissa Funk of Fort Collins Police Services; Dolores Garza of Fort Collins Police Services; Matthew Haltzman of Ring & Associates, P.C.; Fort Collins Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Lane; Ray Martinez of Fort Collins City Council; and Lieutenant Joe Shellhammer of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens who are interested in attending the banquet can contact Lindsay Murr at Larimer County Community Corrections, (970) 498-7512, for more information.
The Larimer County Community Corrections Department, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, conducts the award process. The Conrad Ball Award recipient, co-recipients, or team are selected from among candidates nominated each year by colleagues, coworkers, and citizens. A full list of recipients is located on the County’s web site at .
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