Sixth Judicial District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti will retire after more than 30 years of service on the Iron Range bench, it was announced Monday.

Pagliaccetti has been chambered at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia since 1989. He has presided over high-profile cases, including the trial for Donald Blom in the 1999 kidnapping and murder of 19-year-old Katie Poirier in Carlton County.

Pagliaccetti is by far the longest serving of the 16 judges in the four-county district of Northeastern Minnesota. Appointed by Gov. Rudy Perpich, he has been elected to five six-year terms and served as the district's chief judge from 2000-04.

The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection is seeking applicants to fill the seat through July 29. Interviews are scheduled for Aug. 19, after which the panel will submit recommendations to Gov. Tim Walz.

Pagliaccetti's retirement will provide further turnover for a rapidly changing Iron Range bench. Three of the other four judges chambered at the Virginia and Hibbing courthouses have taken office in the past two years.