The Honorable Jodi Williamson Elected Third Judicial District Chief Judge
The Honorable Jodi Williamson
was elected to serve as chief judge of the Third Judicial District by her fellow judges in the District in 2017.
Chief Judge Williamson has served the Third Judicial District since January 2000. Prior to her appointment, she served as an assistant city attorney and an assistant public defender, and also had a private civil practice. Chief Judge Williamson is chambered in the Dodge County Courthouse in Manorville, Minnesota.
The Honorable Joseph Bueltel was elected as assistant chief judge in the Third District. Judge Bueltel was appointed to the bench in April 2002. Judge Bueltel’s chambers are located in Owatonna, Minnesota.
Entire District Takes Advantage of an Automated Workflow Tool
As of the end of 2017, all counties within the Third Judicial District are now able to take advantage of an automated workflow tool called Task Manager. This tool allows for the electronic routing of work between judges, court reporters, law clerks, and court staff. The District is planning for ways to utilize this tool to facilitate its ability to share work across counties lines throughout the District.
Dodge County Hybrid Court Hosts Annual Community Picnic
In an effort to celebrate and support the work that treatment court participants in the District put into their recovery, the Dodge County Hybrid Court hosted its annual community picnic at Veterans Park in Kasson, Minnesota, in 2017. Treatment Court participants and community members from Dodge, Olmsted, Steele, Waseca, Wabasha, and Winona counties, as well as Rochester Adult & Teen Challenge members, teamed up to play softball and volleyball and enjoy a catered lunch.
Steele County District Court Displaced Due to Pipe Break
On January 10, 2017, the Steele County Courthouse was evacuated due to a water pipe break. The building was damaged, so court operations were relocated to the Owatonna Fire Hall, which is across the street from the Courthouse. Court was also held in the Steele County Adult Detention Center and the Steele County Boardroom. The County Board decided on a complete building renovation rather than making limited repairs associated with the water damage. The renovation was completed and all court operations returned to the Courthouse in January 2018.