LINCOLN – Earlier this week Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts was forwarded two nominees for a district court judge vacancy in northeast Nebraska.
According to a release from the office of governor Ricketts, the Judicial Nomination Commission for the District Court, Sixth Judicial District provided these names for considerations. Governor Ricketts received nominations of Bryan C. Meismer of Fremont and Matthew M. Munderloh of Omaha to fill the vacated position due to the resignation of Judge Paul J. Vaughan.
The primary office is located in either Dakota City (Dakota County); Ponca (Dixon County) or Hartington (Cedar County) at the option of the judge selected to fill the vacancy. To provide maximum service to all areas of the judicial district, the judge who fills the vacancy will be required to regularly sit in Dakota, Dixon and Cedar counties and elsewhere as circumstances may require.
Pursuant to the 2018 Caseload Report, of the cases filed in Dakota, Dixon and Cedar counties, 71% of the cases were filed in Dakota County. As a result, the judge who fills the vacancy will be required to dedicate sufficient time in Dakota County to address those cases.