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Fifth Judicial District vacancy filled

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday the appointment of Ms. Darci J. Bentz as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District.

Bentz will be replacing the Honorable Linda S. Titus, who retired earlier this year. Bentz will be chambered at Jackson in Jackson County.

“Ms. Darci Bentz’s long history of public service in the criminal justice system and many years of dedicated service to her community have prepared her well for this important position,” Dayton said. “I am confident Ms. Bentz will serve the people of the Fifth Judicial District with excellence.”

Bentz is an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial District, where her practice focuses on representing adults and juveniles in criminal cases. Previously, she was an attorney at Scott, Nielsen & Bentz, representing clients in workers’ compensation cases, unemployment cases and civil litigation, and a managing attorney for the Fifth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office. Bentz earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.

Bentz is a member of the Martin/Jackson/Faribault County Family Dependency Court and serves as the treasurer for the Kinship Board of Directors, a nonprofit youth mentoring program.

Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District consists of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock and Watonwan counties.