These vacancies were created upon the appointment Judge Carol A. Hooten to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judge William E. Macklin earlier this year.
The finalists are:
Colleen Goggins King- - King works as a partner with Wornson, Goggins, Zard, Neisen, Morris & King, P.C. where she maintains a general practice that includes family law, criminal defense, estate planning, probate, conservator/guardianship matters and civil litigation. She previously served as a part-time public defender for Scott, Dakota and McLeod Counties and was an attorney with McDonough, Wagner & Ho, L.L.P.
Ann M. Offermann– Ms. Offermann is an Assistant Dakota County Attorney assigned to the Adult Criminal Prosecution Division. She is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota where she worked within the Public Safety, Labor and Health Licensing Divisions.
Michael D. Wentzell–Wentzell serves as Chief Deputy Carver County Attorney. He previously worked as an Asssistant Carver County Attorney and as an Associate Attorney with Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh
Christian S. Wilton: Wilton is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota where he prosecutes a wide variety of criminal offenses including violent crimes, narcotics trafficking, economic crimes and child exploitation. He previously served as an Assistant Ramsey County Attorney where he handled prosecution of gang, civil commitment, child abuse and murder cases. Mr. Wilton is a lead grader of bar exams for the State of Minnesota’s Board of Law Examiners.
The judges will be chambered in Shakopee.