Then-Magistrate Chris Polking (right) gives the oath of office to Carroll County Board of Supervisors members (from left) Eugene Meiners, Rich Ruggles and Neil Bock in 2017. Polking was appointed a district court judge on Friday. (Times Herald file photo)
Then-Magistrate Chris Polking (right) gives the oath of office to Carroll County Board of Supervisors members (from left) Eugene Meiners, Rich Ruggles and Neil Bock in 2017. Polking was appointed a district court judge on Friday. (Times Herald file photo)

July 1, 2019

Chris Polking, a former Carroll magistrate and longtime local attorney, has been appointed a district court judge.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her appointment of Polking on Friday.

Polking graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2001 and began practicing law in Iowa.

He was appointed as a magistrate judge — handling lower-level criminal offenses, initial court appearances and small civil claims, among other duties — in 2008. His role as a magistrate ended in 2017 when state courts officials cut the number of magistrates in Carroll from two to one.

Polking has been repeatedly considered for a district judge post.

His appointment to district 2B — which encompasses 13 counties including Carroll — follows another recent appointment of a local attorney, Gina Badding.

Polking currently practices law at the Polking Law Office in Carroll.