Eau Claire (WQOW)- There’s a new judge on the bench in Eau Claire County.
Sarah Harless was sworn in Friday. She replaces Shaughnessy Murphy after winning the election in April.
Harless will be one of four women to serve on the bench in a district of 27 seats.
She served as an attorney for 13 years and says she’s excited to get started since she’s wanted this for so long.
"My hopes are to be able to work with our wonderful treatment courts here in Eau Claire to really help to continue improve our outcomes for justice, to help people get rehabilitated, get there lives back on track to make the community safer and better for everybody," Harless said.
When we interviewed now retired Judge Bill Gabler last week, he said one of his biggest challenges is the big case load, so we asked Harless how she’ll handle that. She said she’s lucky to have great colleagues who will help and support her.