PUEBLO—Mayor of Pueblo Heather Graham appointed Carla Sikes as interim city attorney for the City of Pueblo. Sikes has been serving most recently in the presiding judge role for Pueblo Municipal Court. She begins the new role on Fri., Feb. 2.
“In my first day as mayor of Pueblo, I look forward to welcoming Carla Sikes as Interim City Attorney to lead the Law Department and help support my vision to move Pueblo forward,” said Mayor of Pueblo Heather Graham. “I value her municipal law experience, her professionalism throughout the Pueblo community on boards and supporting local organizations and for the leadership she brings.”
Sikes has been the presiding judge for Pueblo Municipal Court since May of 2016 and previously served in the role of assistant city attorney with the City of Pueblo from 2010 until 2016. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association as an Amicus Brief Committee Member, Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, as the Colorado Municipal Judges Association Representative and a board member of the Colorado Municipal Court Judges Association.
“I am honored Mayor Graham has asked me to take on this interim role in her first few days as mayor and I look forward to providing the legal leadership for the Law Department,” said Sikes. “We have many capable, talented and well-versed municipal lawyers and outstanding support staff within the Law Department that I look forward to working with more closely in this role.”
Sikes has prior experience as a solo practitioner with Baker-Sikes P.C. and Sikes Law and she was an administrative hearings officer for the City and County of Denver with the Department of Environmental Health. When Sikes first began practicing law, she worked as an associate for The Kobayashi Law Firm then with Mulliken, Gleason, Weiner & Whitney P.C. and with Hendricks & Hendricks P.C. Sikes earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and then received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law.
“Carla has assured me that with this change in leadership as she transitions to the Law Department, no business will be left undone or hanging in the balance with Pueblo Municipal Court,” said Mayor Graham. “We have other temporary judges who can help support our work with cases and continue to keep Pueblo Municipal Court functioning and serving the public. As this is an interim appointment, I plan to post the position of City Attorney in the coming days.”
In addition to the many legal board and committees Sikes is actively involved in, she has been a member of Pueblo Rotary 43 since 2017, was the former president of Pueblo County 4-H Dog Advisory Council, was an ambassador with the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, served two terms as Pueblo County Bar President and was a Pueblo County Bar Association Executive Committee Member. Sikes serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) board member, was co-president of the Court Care of the Pikes Peak Region Board and many other board service positions.
Sikes has organized and participated in a series of free legal seminars for the public, assisted in the Law Day Run, a 5k/10k race to benefit local non-profit organizations and has been a high school mock trial coach. She has also organized and participated in Women Lawyers Association’s mentoring program for middle school girls.