DUNN COUNTY (WQOW) - There will be a new judge in town in Dunn County as Christina Mayer has defeated challenger Nicholas Lange.
Mayer, a Menomonie attorney, will take over for Judge Rod Smeltzer who is retiring this year.
Mayer is a 1985 graduate of Chi High who started her legal career in Durand before joining a firm in Menomonie. Over the years her legal partners retired or moved on so now she practices alone.
"I would like to help with treatment court," Mayer said, when asked about her goals as a judge. "Dunn County has a family treatment court, they have a drug treatment court, I'd like to help with those so that hopefully we can help people recover from their addiction so that they could be productive citizens of our society, get their children back, not go to jail, those types of things."
Mayer said she's looking forward to learning from fellow Dunn County Judge James Peterson, given his experience in criminal cases.
In addition to her legal career she is on several boards including Menomonie Free Clinic, Boys & Girls Club Advisory Committee, Stepping Stones Development Committee, Dunn County Family Treatment Court Board, and Try Mediation Board.
Mayer said she plans to work hard; ensuring she'll be a fair and compassionate judge.
As mentioned, Smeltzer is retiring after more than two decades on the bench. He was first elected in August 1997.