Glasrud appointed to 8th Judicial District bench
By Tom Larson
Long-time Stevens County and City of Morris attorney Charles Glasrud has been appointed to fill the 8th Judicial District vacancy left when Peter A. Hoff retired in January 2011.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment on Thursday after interviewing Glasrud on Tuesday.
Glasrud is currently the Stevens County Attorney. He also serves as City Attorney for Morris and other nearby cities. In his private practice at Glasrud & Economou, P.A., he concentrates on family law and general litigation, and also handles a wide range of diverse civil law matters.
Glasrud earned his B.A. from Kenyon College in 1977 and his J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1981. Glasrud came to Stevens County as Assistant County Attorney in 1984 and is in his 21st year as the elected County Attorney.
Becoming a judge wasn't a life-long ambition, he said, but when the opportunity arose, Glasrud saw it as an opportunity to grow professionally and personally.
"After doing this for this long, you start to think, 'What's the rest of my career going to look like? Is there another challenge for me and what do I have to offer?' " Glasrud said. "This is a humbling and daunting thing to do and I'm honored."
In addition to his public service and private practice, Glasrud dedicates a significant amount of time and energy to pro bono legal activities, as well as other volunteer work in the community.
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota has recognized his efforts by awarding him the Advocacy Achievement Award.
Glasrud also is a past president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.
Glasrud will serve the district with judges Gerald Seibel, who is chambered in Morris, and Jon Stafsholt, who is chambered in Glenwood.
Glasrud's wife and law partner, Deb Economou, is the assistant county and city attorney and will continue her work for now. Glasrud is elected as County Attorney, and the Glasrud & Economou firm serves the city under a contract. Glasrud said he will meet with city and county officials to determine how services will be continued once he assumes his new job.
Glasrud said he's aware of conflict of interest concerns but noted that he likely will be assuming Hoff's primary service area which includes Breckenridge, Wheaton, Ortonville and Elbow Lake. The judiciary also is in a transition phase as fiscal constraints continue throughout state government.
"I care what happens in Stevens County and our district," he said. "There are a lot of challenges we'll face in the future and I'd like to be a part of that future and ensure that we deliver services to people who need them in an effective manner."