Murkowski picks Kenai, Kodiak judges

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

An Anchorage assistant attorney general was appointed to the Kenai Superior Court bench Tuesday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Charles Huguelet, 44, will replace Judge Jonathan H. Link, who died March 25.

Huguelet has worked in Anchorage since 1999, focusing on family, children and human services, natural resources and revenue matters, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the governor's press secretary John Manly.

Murkowski also appointed Valdez District Court Judge Joel Bolger, 48, to the Kodiak Superior Court.

Huguelet has been a resident of Alaska for 13 years. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy, the Alaska Army National Guard and the Alaska Air National Guard, where he currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel.

As a lawyer, Huguelet has practiced criminal defense and criminal prosecution and served as a judge advocate in the Navy, Manly said.

"Charlie Huguelet has an extensive background that will be very helpful in the cases he will soon be considering," Murkowski said. "He is an excellent candidate, and I am pleased to make the appointment."

Huguelet won his appointment over three attorneys who practice on the peninsula. Kenai District Attorney Dwayne W. McConnell, and private attorneys Phil N. Nash and Charles Allen Winegarden also applied for the Kenai position. Eight people had applied in all.

Bolger, who also applied for the Kenai position but was appointed to the Kodiak bench, has served in Valdez since 1997. However, he previously lived in Kodiak for 17 years. He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1978 and has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Iowa.

"Judge Bolger is well regarded in Kodiak, where he practiced law for many years," Murkowski said. "He knows the community and the community knows him, so I think the relationship will work very well."

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