Jackson County Attorney Sherry Haley is now a judge.
Haley replaces 5th Judicial District Court Judge Gordon Moore, who was tapped to replace David Lillehaug on the state Supreme Court in May.
Haley was elected county attorney in 2014 to replace the retiring Bob O’Conner, who endorsed her candidacy. She had worked for 12 years as O’Connor’s assistant before her election.
In a letter to the editor that year, O’Conner sang her praises.
“I have made sure that she has had the widest exposure to all facets of this office — including working on a murder trial and convening and working with a grand jury,” O’Conner wrote.
“She has tried many cases in both jury and judge trials,” her former boss wrote in his endorsement letter. “She has written several briefs and appeared before both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.”
Since taking over as county attorney, Haley has represented Jackson County in criminal, juvenile, child protection and civil court matters.
Before joining O’Conner’s office, Haley worked in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office and the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office. Her community involvement includes volunteering for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes program.
She earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her juris doctorate came from William Mitchell College of Law.
“Her experience as a county attorney and common-sense approach to our justice system distinguish Ms. Haley,” Gov. Tim Walz wrote in the Oct. 2 press release announcing his pick. “I look forward to seeing her continue to work on behalf of the people of Minnesota.”
The 5th Judicial District includes 15 counties in southwest Minnesota.
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