David Mannheimer has been appointed as chief judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals for the next two years.
Mannheimer has served on the Court of Appeals since November 1990. He replaces Chief Judge Robert G. Coats who is retiring at the end of December.
Before being appointed to the appeals court, Mannheimer served as an assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in Fairbanks in the 1970’s. He also served as an appellate attorney in the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals in Anchorage until his appointment to the appeals court in 1990.
The Alaska Court of Appeals is an intermediate appeals court that normally handles criminal appeals, juvenile delinquency, probation and parole cases, and petitions for post-conviction relief.
Governor Sean Parnell last week appointed Marjorie Allard to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Coats. She was previously a staff attorney for the court.
Former Kodiak Superior Court Judge Joel Bolger is the third judge on the Court of Appeals.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe has named Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens the presiding judge for the First Judicial District in Southeast. The presiding judge supervises the assignment of cases, the administration of judges and court personnel, and reviews and recommends budgets, among other duties. Stephens was initially named to the Superior Court bench in Ketchikan in 2000.
- Mayor Ken Koelsch, Debbie White and Mary Becker opposed it. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis was on a scratchy phone connection and did not respond to the roll call to vote.
- The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
- “Things have to have an endpoint to it, or they have to have something that keeps directing you, telling you that you’re in the right area,” said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.