Assistant Chief Judge Darci J. Bentz


Appointed Sept. 26, 2014, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2029.


J.D., Hamline University School of Law

B.A., University of Minnesota

Past Employment:

Assistant Public Defender, Fifth Judicial District

Attorney; Scott, Nielsen & Bentz

Managing attorney, Fifth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office

Professional and Community Activities:

Treasurer, Kinship Board of Directors, a nonprofit youth mentoring program

Former volunteer member, Martin/Jackson/Faribault County Family Dependency Court