Gov. Mark Gordon has appointed Suzannah Robinson to be a district court judge for the Third Judicial District serving Sweetwater County, according to a news release Monday.

Robinson fills the vacancy when Judge Nena James retires on Oct. 18.

She has been a practicing attorney for 11 years in the district and is currently an attorney with Lemich Law Center in Rock Springs.

She previously served as deputy county attorney for the Sweetwater County Attorney's Office from 2008-2015. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Keene State College in Keene, N.H., and a juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming, where she graduated cum laude.

"This was a difficult choice as all three candidates were talented individuals with the experience and legal background necessary to do the job," Gordon said. "Ms. Robinson possesses an evenhanded judicial demeanor and I found her to be a strong choice for the Third District bench."

Wyoming State Bar Executive Director Sharon Wilkinson said the other two candidates were Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe and Jason Petri, who is an attorney in Rock Springs.

Robinson said she was honored to receive the appointment, and was impressed by the work of the governor and the Judicial Nominating Committee.

"I will always strive to live up to their expectations in providing independent, fair and impartial justice in Sweetwater County," she said.