Marion City Council has interviewed three municipal judge candidates and an appointment is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today at the final City Council meeting in December.
Mayor Mary Olson has the duty of appointing the judge, but even with a second, the council can overrule the appointment with a 3-2 vote. In that case, a council member would make a suggestion of a different judge, Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin said.
For the city of Marion, a municipal judge’s main duty is to preside over Marion Municipal Court the last Wednesday of every month. The judge will hear cases dealing with city offenses directed to municipal court by the city attorney, currently Keith Collett. Such issues include traffic violations, dog-at-large violations, and derelict property clean up.