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Newly-elected municipal judge gets to work in Whitefish

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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.

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