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Tanner Selected as new Benton Count District Court Judge

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PROSSER, Wash.-- Terry Tanner is selected as the new Benton County District Court Judge. 

Monday the Benton County Commissioners heard from three candidates and ultimately chose Tanner.  He will replace judge Eugene Pratt who is retiring at the end of March. 

The original three running for Pratt's position were Joe Burrowes, a current Court Commissioner, Katie Butler, a former Court Commissioner, and Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Brown.
However, Brown dropped out last Thursday.  Tanner moved in to fill his position, and ultimately got the job.

Tanner is an attorney and says that experience will help him in the courtroom.  He explains, "Being able to listen to everybody and knowing that everyone has a point of view and being respectful of that point of view.  Also, being able to apply the law to the facts," will help.

County Commissioners voted for Tanner 2-1, with Max Benitz and Jim Beaver in favor and Leo Bowman against. 

Tanner says he won't be able to take over April 1st due to legal contracts which require 30 days notice, but he will start as soon as possible.  Tanner will be up for re-election in November 2010.