Four recommended to fill vacancies in 10th Judicial District

 The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Friday, March 2 it is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancies occurring in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.

The Honorable Karla F. Hancock and the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist retired, leaving vacancies for district court judgeships chambered at Elk River in Sherburne County and at Mora in Kanabec County respectively.

Suzanne Bollman-  Bollman currently serves as an Assistant Sherburne County Attorney where she is responsible for criminal prosecution, reviewing search warrants, advising law enforcement on related issues and law enforcement training. Previously, she was an Assistant Stearns County Attorney, an Assistant Benton County Attorney and an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Saint Cloud.

Bollman was involved with the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Implementation Committee. She was also a member of the City of Ramsey’s Public Safety Board and is a union negotiator and steward for AFSCME.  

Sheridan Hawley– Hawley maintains a solo law practice where she represents clients in child protection and family law matters in district and appellate courts. She also provides alternative dispute resolution in juvenile, civil and family cases.

Prior to this,  Hawley was an attorney with Walling, Berg & Debele, and she also provided contract services to the 10th District Public Defender’s Office. She is a member of the Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Board and is Secretary of the Board of Mediation Services for Anoka County.

Stoney Hiljus- Hiljus serves as the Coon Rapids City Attorney where he represents, counsels and advises the city council and appointed officials. He previously served as City Administrator and city council member to the City of Cambridge.

Hiljus has also previously served as the Chief Deputy Isanti County Attorney and as the Director of Legal Services for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He has been an adjunct professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College and a member of Cambridge-Isanti School District No.911’s Character Education Task Force.

Matthew Quinn-  Quinn serves as the Chief Deputy County Attorney for Stearns County where he supervises three attorney divisions and two support divisions. Previously, he served as the First Assistant Mille Lacs County Attorney and was an associate attorney with Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

As a member of the Stearns County Felony Domestic Violence Partnership, he leads the law enforcement training commission and the victim services focus group.  Quinn is a youth coach with the Lions Club of Santiago and supports the Princeton airport as a volunteer with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Airport Support Network.

The Tenth Judicial District consists of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright Counties.

An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.

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