Gov. Dave Heineman has announced the names of the judges who will be filling empty seats in the 2nd and 5th Judicial Districts.
Jeffrey Funke, of Nebraska City, will be filling the vacancy left when Judge Randal Rehmeier retired from the 2nd Judicial District.
"I am honored by the confidence Governor Heineman has placed in me by this appointment to the district court bench," Funke shared following the announcement. "I am also humbled by the support I have received from my family, members of the Nebraska Bar Association and the citizens of the 2nd Judicial District. I will strive to uphold the high judicial standards set by Judge Rehmeier."
Stephen Twiss, of Central City, has been named as the new district court judge for the 5th Judicial District. He is filling the position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Curtis Evans.
Twiss is an attorney at Sampson, Curry & Twiss, P.C. where his practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate transactions, business entities, civil litigation and criminal litigation.
Twiss served as
the part-time Deputy Merrick County Attorney for fourteen years, handling the
majority of the County Court and Juvenile Court prosecution responsibilities.
Funke currently serves as County Judge for the 2nd Judicial District where he handles approximately 9,900 cases per year including civil litigation, domestic relations, criminal and traffic offenses and probate matters.
He was an attorney at Nelsen Law office for three years and at Hoch, Funke & Kelch for ten years where he focused on civil litigation, domestic relations, probate, estate planning, income tax preparation and business entity formation.
The 2nd Judicial District consists of Cass, Sarpy and Otoe Counties.
The 5th Judicial District
consists of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk,
Saunders, Seward and York Counties.