Wyoming will have a new Supreme Court Justice in the new year.

Governor Matt Mead announced Friday that he had appointed Lynne Boomgaarden to replace William U. Hill. Hill’s retirement will become effective Feb. 17.

Boomgaarden is a partner in Crowley Fleck law firm and has been in private practice in Cheyenne since 2010, according to a governor’s office news release. She has previously served as a career clerk on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, as an assistant law professor at the University of Wyoming and as director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments.

“I appreciate the importance of Governor Mead’s decision and am honored to accept his appointment as the next Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court,” Boomgaarden said in the news release. “I will work extremely hard in service to the Court and Wyoming citizens.”

“Lynne Boomgaarden has worked with the best, including Judge Brorby and Governor Freudenthal,” Mead said in the release. “She will serve Wyoming and its citizens well on the Supreme Court.”

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