Newly elected judge appointed early
A new municipal judge has been appointed to finish the uncompleted term of James Utecht.
After 24 years on the job, Utecht resigned his post just weeks before the completion of his elected term.
On a 5-0 vote, the New Richmond City Council voted to appoint Jane Esbensen Schmaltz as municipal judge through May 2. Schmaltz was elected to the post during the April 5 election, but she does not officially take office until May.