- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen will resign before his term ends, after three decades behind the bench.

Jorgensen announced Friday that he will resign July 3 rather than stay in office until the end of his term on Dec. 31, the Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1rP1niR ). Jorgenson previously had said he would not seek re-election.

Despite having some serious health problems in the past two years, Jorgensen said that is not the reason for his early departure. Instead, Jorgensen said he wants to give potential candidates for the judgeship notice before primary elections and campaigning begins.

“I didn’t want to pull the rug out from anyone,” said Jorgensen, whose chambers are in Linton.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday sent a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, starting the appointment process to fill Jorgensen’s seat.

Jorgensen was born in Kenmare in 1944 and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota law school. He served in the Southwest Judicial District before transferring to the South Central district in 1995. He was first elected a district judge in 1984.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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