KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Attorney Mary Guss was sworn in Tuesday as a U.S. magistrate for Ketchikan and Southeast.
James Singleton, chief judge of the federal District Court for Alaska, presided over the ceremony at the Ketchikan Federal Building. Federal Magistrates John Roberts and Harry Branson also spoke during the ceremony.
Branson said magistrates are chosen from the best attorneys available.
''To get this job, you don't have to know a politician,'' he said. ''These are merit appointments. No politics, just the best people we could find.''
The magistrate position is part-time and Guss said she will continue to practice law in Ketchikan.
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