- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed an eastern Nebraska judge to serve on the state Supreme Court.

Judge Max J. Kelch was named Wednesday to represent the Fourth Judicial District, which includes portions of Douglas and Sarpy counties. He currently serves as a district court judge.

Kelch has worked as a county judge, a county and deputy city attorney, and a special prosecutor. He also was a private practice attorney in two law firms.

Kelch earned an accounting degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his law degree from the university’s College of Law. He will replace Supreme Court Judge Michael McCormack, who is retiring.

Ricketts says Kelch brings a blend of real world experience from his private practice and public service. This is the governor’s second appointment to the court.

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