Gov. Brian Schweitzer this morning selected Havre attorney Dan Boucher to take the position of state district judge in Havre.
Boucher will take the place of Judge David Rice, who announced his retirement effective Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Boucher and Havre attorney Brian Lilletvedt were the two candidates for the position. The Judicial Nominations Commission forwarded their names to Schweitzer earlier this month.
Boucher received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1984 and has practiced in Havre since August of that year.
Rice retired mid-term. He first was appointed in 2003 to take the place of Judge John Warner, who was appointed to the state Supreme Court. Rice won the 2006 election as judge of the district, which includes Hill, Liberty and Chouteau counties.
Boucher will serve out the remainder of Rice’s term, which expires in 2012.