Gov.Dave Heineman has selected a new county court judge to serve the 12th Judicial District which was left vacant by the retirement of Judge Charles Plantz.
Heineman appointed Paul G. Wess of Chadron to the seat serving Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel,Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux counties.
Since2004, Wess has served Dawes County as the Dawes County Public Defender,and since 2006, he has served as the felony Public Defender for SheridanCounty. Formerly Wess also served as the Box Butte Deputy Public Defender.
"Iam very pleased to have been selected," said Wess. "I look forward tocontinuing to serve the people of this district."
Wessearned a degree from Chadron State College and his Juris Doctor from Universityof Nebraska College of Law.