DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she appointed Christopher Polking, 47, to serve as a district court judge in Iowa Judicial District 2B to replace Judge Stephen Oeth who retired in May.
The district consists of Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Marshall, Pocahontas, Sac, Story, Webster, and Wright counties.
Polking has practiced law in private practice in Carroll County since 2001 handling civil law, criminal defense, juvenile law, family law, real estate law, and mediations. He has served as city attorney for Breda, Iowa since 2009 and Arcadia, Iowa since 2019. He also served as an attorney for the Carroll County Solid Waste Commission since 2009.
He was also appointed as a part-time magistrate judge in Carroll County in 2008 and served in that role until 2017.
Polking earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Tufts University and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
The district nominating commission selected Polking and John Flynn out of a pool of 13 candidates. Chief Justice Kurt Wilke who chaired the commission told Caffeinated Thoughts that the interviews, conducted on May 31st by the commission, were not recorded.
Read his application below: