Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Edward Luhm to be Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District serving Big Horn, Washakie, and Hot Springs Counties, according to a news release from the governor's office.

“Since graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1986, Ed Luhm has practiced law in Worland," Mead said in the news release.

Luhm fills the vacancy with the retirement of Judge Thomas Harrington on Jan. 7.

Luhm has been in private practice in Worland for more than 30 years, with 20 in partnership with William Shelledy, Jr., and 11 as a sole practitioner. He has practiced civil litigation, school law, criminal defense, domestic relations, and business and property law.

He has served as a hearing examiner for the Office of Administrative Hearings, and has been Worland Municipal Court Judge, District Court Commissioner, Circuit Court Magistrate, a City Council member, Bar Commissioner, and serves on the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics.

"His experience in the courts of the Fifth Judicial District will stand him in good stead on the bench, and he comes highly recommended by those who know and work with him,” Mead said. "His commitment to the district he will serve has been long-term and that means a lot."

Luhm said he's deeply honored to be appointed to the Circuit Court.