Timothy Hoeft of Holdrege has been named as the area's next county judge, according to a new release from the governor's office.
Gov. Dave Heineman chose Hoeft as the newest judge for the 10th Judicial District.
Hoeft has been practicing law for 23 years.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his Juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law.
In 1990, he became a deputy county attorney in Phelps County. He started serving as a special prosecutor for Adams, Buffalo, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan and Kearney counties in 1992. Since 1995, he has served as Phelps County attorney.