ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Dan Hensley has been named to the post of presiding judge of the Third Judicial District, which includes Anchorage.
Hensley will take over from Elaine Andrews when she retires in September after 21 years on the Anchorage bench.
Hensley has been a judge since 1997.
Presiding judges supervise other judges and court staff, review and recommend budgets, and oversee assignment of cases while handling a slightly reduced courtroom caseload. The appointment is for one calendar year, which means Hensley's initial appointment expires Dec. 31. But the chief justice routinely reappoints presiding judges for multiple years.
The Third Judicial District covers Southcentral Alaska from the Canadian border to the tip of the Aleutian chain. It includes 15 court sites, from small single magistrate jurisdictions to the Anchorage trial courts, which handle almost half the cases in the state.
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