Update - Mary Chicchelly said she was "humbled" after receiving the call Thursday from Gov. Terry Branstad informing her she would be the next judge in the 6th Judicial District.
"I appreciate his confidence in me and I will do the job to the best of my ability," Chicchelly said."I was humbled by the Governor choosing me because I think Lars (Anderson) was a qualified candidate."
Chicchelly will fill the vacancy left by Judge Denver Dillard, who retired last year after 10 years on the bench. Anderson was also nominated for the position.
Chicchelly, a family law attorney with Seidl and Chicchelly, will transition into her new role in late March. She said she will miss the wonderful people in the office. Of course, she will still get to see her two brothers who are part of the practice but she will miss the others and her connection with the clients.
"I have always loved the practice of law," Chicchelly said. "I have to take care of a lot of things and it's going to be a lot of hard work but I'm ready."
The 6th Judicial will now have five female district judges, which helps balance the court out with the seven male judges.
Chicchelly received her bachelor's degree in 1989 from the University of Iowa and received her law degree in 1992 from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Linn County Bar Association.