Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday appointed Kalispell attorney Amy Eddy to replace Flathead County District Judge Ted O. Lympus, who retired Aug. 31.
Eddy, the owner of The Law Offices of Amy Eddy, PLLC, will serve out the remainder of Lympus’ term, and must then run for election in the primary and general elections in 2016.
The candidate elected in 2016 will serve until January 2019. There are three district judges in Flathead County.
Eddy is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and the University of Montana School of Law. She was selected from among three finalists who emerged from six Flathead Valley attorneys who applied last month.
The other two candidates were Richard Patrick Dejana and Daniel Richard Wilson.
Prior to stepping down from the bench, Lympus, 72, had served since 1992. Two other retired judges, Katherine Curtis and Stewart Stadler, presided over Lympus’ court while Bullock selected a replacement.
Bullock must fill the position within 30 days. The appointee is subject to election at the primary and general elections in 2016.
The Judicial Nomination Commission that selected the candidates consisted of District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Mona Charles of Kalispell; Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; Ryan Rusche of Columbia Falls; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.