Gov. Jared Polis on Friday named Maria Berkenkotter, a former Boulder County chief judge, to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Berkenkotter will replace retiring Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats, the last Republican-appointed justice on the state’s highest court.

“Throughout (Judge Berkenkotter’s) career, she has shown a keen ability to render sound and wise decisions on a broad range of issues,” Polis said in a news release. “She has deftly presided over high-profile, complicated, and…

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