Assistant Sherburne County attorney named a finalist for judgeship

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

An assistant Sherburne County attorney is being considered for a judicial vacancy.

Suzanne Bollman
Suzanne Bollman

Suzanne Bollman is one of four finalists for two vacancies in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.

As an assistant county attorney in Sherburne County, Bollman is responsible for criminal prosecution, reviewing search warrants, advising law enforcement and law enforcement training. Previously, she was an assistant Stearns County attorney, an assistant Benton County attorney and an assistant city attorney for the city of St. Cloud. Bollman was a member of the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Implementation Committee and is a union negotiator and steward for AFSCME.

The other three finalists are:

•Kanabec County Attorney Amy Brosnahan.

•Bridgid Dowdal, the chief legal counsel for the Office of Inspector General at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

•Mark Schroeder, a shareholder at Briggs and Morgan, P.A., where his practice focuses primarily on civil litigation.

The Commission on Judicial Selection is recommending the four candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District. These vacancies were created upon the retirements of the Honorable P. Hunter Anderson and the Honorable Elizabeth H. Martin. Anderson’s seat will be chambered at Cambridge in Isanti County and Martin’s seat will be chambered at Center City in Chisago County.

An announcement of the appointments will be made following an interview process during the next few weeks.

Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District includes Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties.

This is second time in recent months that an attorney with ties to Sherburne County has been considered for a judicial vacancy.

In August, former Sherburne County Attorney Walter Kaminisky was appointed as a district court judge in the 10th Judicial District. He replaced the Honorable Robert Varco, who passed away earlier this year. That judgeship is chambered in Elk River.