With Benton-Franklin Superior Court Judge Carrie Runge retiring effective July 30, Gov. Inslee Friday appointed  Jacqueline Stam to fill out the rest of her term.

Since 2011, Stam has worked as a Benton Franklin Superior Court Commissioner, presiding over family law, probate, juvenile and other dockets.

According to the information release from Inslee's office:

"Stam was a senior partner at Cowan Moore Stam Luke & Peterson LLC, a Richland law firm, where she practiced family law and conducted mediations from 1993 through 2011."

The former Gonzaga Law graduate has also served in a variety of volunteer roles in the Tri-Cities and will take the position at the end of the month.

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Judge Runge worked as a deputy prosecutor in Benton County for many years, then in 2004 was placed in the (at the time) newly created sixth judicial seat in the B-F Court where she has presided since.

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