A former prosecutor in the Bismarck U.S. Attorney's Office has been appointed to an eight-year term as U.S. magistrate judge.
U.S. District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland has appointed Clare Hochhalter to serve in the position starting Feb. 8, according to a press release. His appointment follows the retirement of Magistrate Judge Charles Miller Jr. in November.
An Elgin native, Hochhalter received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Jamestown in 1979, and a juris doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1983. He served 30 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Bismarck.
Hochhalter previously applied for the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota. President Donald Trump has renominated Drew Wrigley to the position.
In the news release, Hovland said Hochhalter "is well-respected by attorneys throughout the state and regarded as a champion for the fair treatment of persons charged with crimes arising out of Indian Country."
Hochhalter will be stationed at Bismarck.