The County Court Division is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and
serious traffic offenses in El Paso and Teller Counties.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Shannon Gerhart supervises this division and is assisted by Senior Deputy
District Attorney Jim Bentley. There are fourteen Deputy District Attorneys assigned to a division. In addition
to attorneys, Joy Thompson, Department Manager, supervises nineteen employees including three paralegals, thirteen
Legal Assistants and Domestic Violence Fast Track personnel. Typically, 12 volunteers assist with County Court and