September 17, 2013
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ASSOCIATE WATER JUDGE
Section 3-7-221, MCA, provides that the Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court may appoint an Associate Water Judge as provided by law.
Pursuant to § 3-1-1010, MCA, the Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted a list of three nominees for the position. Having considered the abilities, background, and qualifications of each nominee, I have concluded that the appointment of Douglas John Ritter is in the best interest of the citizens of Montana. Therefore,
IT IS ORDERED that Douglas John Ritter of Bozeman, Montana, is hereby appointed, subject to senate confirmation, to the position of Associate Water Judge of the State of Montana for a term commencing on September 16, 2013, and ending June 30, 2016.
The Clerk of this Court is directed to file a signed copy of this Order with the Secretary of State of the State of Montana and provide duplicates to the Office of Court Administrator, to Douglas John Ritter, Associate Water Judge, and to Russell McElyea, Chief Water Judge.