The Commission on Judicial Selection is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancies occurring in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.
The Honorable Karla F. Hancock and the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist retired, leaving vacancies for district court judgeships chambered at Elk River in Sherburne County and at Mora in Kanabec County respectively.
Stoney Hiljus, former Cambridge City Administrator and Chief Deputy Isanti County Attorney, has been recommended to fill one of the open vacancies.
Hiljus serves as the Coon Rapids City Attorney where he represents, counsels and advises the city council and appointed officials. He previously served as city administrator and city council member to the city of Cambridge.
Hiljus has also previously served as the Chief Deputy Isanti County Attorney and as the Director of Legal Services for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He has been an adjunct professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College and a member of Cambridge-Isanti School District 911’s Character Education Task Force.
The other individuals recommended are Suzanne Bollman, who currently serves as an Assistant Sherburne County Attorney; Sheridan Hawley, who maintains a solo law practice; and Matthew Quinn, who serves as the Chief Deputy County Attorney for Stearns County.
The Tenth Judicial District consists of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties.
An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.