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3 finalists for judicial opening in Rochester

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the three finalists to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial District.

The judgeship will be chambered in Rochester and will fill the opening created by the retirement of the Honorable Joseph Wieners. The candidates include Richard Jackson, Jim Martinson and Kathy Wallace.  Governor Dayton will appoint a candidate to the opening in the next few weeks.

Richard Jackson: Mr. Jackson is the lead attorney for the Special Prosecution Unit in the Olmsted County Attorney's Office, overseeing three attorneys and maintaining a caseload primarily of felony level domestic relationship related crimes. He previously was the Houston County Attorney, where he served as the chief prosecutor for the county. Mr. Jackson is an adjunct professor for the Baccalaureate Paralegal Program at Winona State University and a volunteer for Neighbors in Action in La Crescent.

 James Martinson: Mr. Martinson is the Chief Deputy of the Olmsted County Attorney's Office, where he supervises four lead supervising attorneys and maintains a caseload of serious and complex crimes. Previously, Mr. Martinson was the Criminal Division Head in the Olmsted County Attorney's Office and served in the United States Marine Corps as an Officer and Judge Advocate. Mr. Martinson is a legal advisor to the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force and volunteers with the Dorothy Day House.

Kathy Wallace: Ms. Wallace is a Team Lead Attorney with the Criminal Division of the Olmsted County Attorney's Office, where she supervises a team of attorneys and represents Olmsted County in complex legal matters. Previously, she served as an Assistant County Attorney in Olmsted and Mower Counties, where she practiced primarily in adult criminal prosecution and juvenile delinquency. Ms. Wallace is the co-chair of the Mayo Child and Family Advocacy Center Program Operations Committee and a Whitewater Country Coalition member.

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