McLeod County Courthouse
Phone: (320) 864-5551
Appointed in April, 2004. Assumed office in May 2004. Elected in 2006 and 2012. Current term expires January 2019.
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1981
B.A., cum laude, Luther College, 1977
23 years in general practice as a Partner and former President of the Glencoe law firm of Gavin, Olson, Savre and Winters, Ltd. with an emphasis on litigation, civil law and family law (1981 – 2004)
22 years as City Attorney for the communities of Norwood and Norwood–Young America (1982 – 2004)
Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota (1981).
Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1981).
Other Public Service/Organizations:
Minnesota District Judges Association Board of Directors (2005 – present).
McLeod County Children’s Justice Initiative Committee and the McLeod County Correctional Advisory Board: Member (2004 – present).
First Judicial District Violence Coordinating Committee (2006 – 2010).
Eighth District Ethics Committee: Investigator (1996 - 2002).
Certified as both a Qualified Civil Law and Family Law Neutral by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1994.
Minnesota State Bar Association, 8th District Bar Association, and McLeod County Bar Association:Member (1981 - present).
Glencoe Area Hospital Ethics Committee (1996-2004).
McLeod County Parents Anonymous Board: Former Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member.
Glencoe Early Childhood/Family Education Advisory Committee: Former Board Member.
MN State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition: Judge (1982 – present); Team Coach (1992 and 1993).
Christ Lutheran Church Former Council President and Council Member, Sunday School Superintendent, and Sunday School instructor.
Glencoe Country Club: Former President and Board Member.
Minnesota State High School League: Former Football Official.
Former Jaycee’s youth football coach, Community Education golf instructor, boy’s basketball coach, and girl’s basketball coach.
Married with two adult children.