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City taps Nelson for judge's post

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By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Council recently voted to end a long search for an associate municipal judge to serve on Sundays.

Council voted late last month to approve Sandy Nelson as the new judge.

She is a contracted broker with Lindsay Pettus Real Estate Co. of Lancaster and longtime civic volunteer on boards and commissions on both the local and state level.

Nelson has a doctor of education degree in policy and leadership from the University of South Carolina.

She has also completed continuing education in municipal government.

Nelson said the appointment is an honor and will be another extension of her 40 years of public service.

"I can bring energy and thoroughness and willingness to provide the best community service I can," Nelson said.

Nelson said a friend suggested that she apply when the city was struggling to fill the job. She said her friend convinced to give it a shot.

As associate judge on Sunday, Nelson will issue arrest and search warrants bonds, subpoenas and summons.

The city rounded out its final interviews in late April. The interview committee had recommended a candidate late last year, but City Administrator Helen Sowell used her power to deny the candidate the job for an undisclosed reason.

The city spent nearly a year trying to fill the part-time position.

It was precipitated by Sowell moving from court administrator to the city administrator about a year ago.

Contact reporter Johnathan Ryan at jryan@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416