Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed James Masteller of Omaha to the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District to fill the vacancy left by the death of Judge Mark Ashford.
Masteller, who is 45, is a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County and has been with the office for 17 years.
Masteller clerked for federal Judge Thomas Shanahan.
Ashford, the brother of former Congressman Brad Ashford, died at his office in the Douglas County Courthouse in early August.