Judge Michael Cuzzo has been elected to serve as the chief judge in the Sixth Judicial District, beginning July 1.

Cuzzo replaces Judge Sally Tarnowski who will be completing her second two-year term as chief judge, according to a news release from the Sixth Judicial District.

Cuzzo has been a judge in the Sixth District since 2010. He's chambered in Lake and Cook counties. Prior to becoming a judge, Cuzzo spent 27 years as an attorney.

"I am honored to be selected by my colleagues to serve as chief judge of our District,” Cuzzo said. “I have enjoyed working with the judges and Judicial Branch employees in each of the courthouses throughout our District, and look forward to continuing to support them in our continuing efforts to serve the public."

Judge Leslie Beiers was elected to replace Cuzzo as assistant chief judge in the Sixth District. Beiers has served as a judge since 2014. She is currently chambered in Duluth.

The chief judge has administrative authority over the courts within the district, which includes assigning judges. Chief judges also serve as members of the Minnesota Judicial Council, which is the administrative policy-making authority for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

No judge may serve more than two consecutive terms as chief judge.