WHITEFISH - In the City of Whitefish the new year also brings a new judge to town for the first time in 32 years.
Newly-elected Municipal Judge Bill Hileman began his duties Tuesday. Hileman, a local attorney, was elected in November.
Hileman's day-to-day duties include handling all of the various citations, violations and cases that come before him on a municipal level such as DUI's and disorderly conduct.
Whitefish City Manager Adam Hammatt says he'll have plenty on his plate, saying the city usually sees 3,500 to 4,000 municipal cases a year. But Hammatt says Hileman's a good fit for the job.
"He's lived here a very long time, so he is very much a local who wants to give back to the community," Hammatt said. "And he's excited to do some community service in this way and I think he will do a good job."
Holman replaces Judge Bradley Johnson, who retired in November after 32 years.