Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Susan Stipe to be Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial District in Carbon County, according to a news release from the governor's office Friday.

Stipe fills the vacancy occurring with the retirement of Judge Jane Eakin on Feb. 16, 2018.

She is an assistant district attorney in the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office, has served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and has worked in private practice.

Stipe has a strong attachment to Rawlins from working there after her graduation from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1999.  She received both her bachelor’s degree and law degree from UW.

"Susan Stipe has a wealth of experience, including criminal and municipal law and trial practice. Much of her legal career has been devoted to public service at the city, county, and state level," Mead said in a prepared statement. "She received wonderful recommendations from numerous people who have worked with her over the years, and that support factored into her selection."

Stipe said she is honored by the appointment.

"I will endeavor to execute my duties as a Judge with honor and integrity and will strive every day to serve the citizens of Carbon County and the State of Wyoming to the best of my ability," she said in a prepared statement.