South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson has appointed a new presiding judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit.
Judge John Brown will succeed Lori Wilbur, whom Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Wilber had been the presiding judge in the 6th Circuit since 2007. A presiding judge is the administrative head of the circuit.
The district covers 14 counties in central and south central South Dakota.
Brown, a former state lawmaker, was appointed as a circuit judge in 2008.