The Nebraska Supreme Court has named new presiding judges for the 12th Judicial District in the Panhandle and the 9th Judicial District in central Nebraska.
Judge Paul Wess will oversee the courts in 12 western Nebraska counties. Hall County Judge Art Wetzel will oversee the courts in Hall and Buffalo counties.
Both were nominated by their fellow county judges.
Wess just became a county judge last year. Before that, he practiced law in Chadron for more than 10 years.
Wetzel worked as a lawyer for 27 years before becoming a judge in 2011. He previously worked as deputy Adams County attorney and as a defense attorney.
Presiding judges oversee court services within their district and serve as the point of contact for state and local agencies. They're also responsible for hiring and disciplining county court staff and setting local policies.