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By Marc Lutz 

Court clerk sworn in as deputy magistrate for Wrangell


March 16, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Deputy Magistrate Sheri LaDawn Ridgeway was sworn in last Friday and will help oversee misdemeanor and small claims cases in the Wrangell courtroom.

Wrangell once again has a deputy magistrate for the first time in just over a year. The post hasn't been filled since Leanna Nash retired in January 2021 after 22 years.

Sheri LaDawn Ridgeway was sworn in via Zoom last Friday by state Superior Court Judge Amy Mead, of Juneau, the presiding judge for Southeast, and she will handle a mix of duties from ruling on minor traffic offenses to acting as justice of the peace.

Ridgeway, the state's lone court employee in Wrangell, has worked as a clerk in the court since March of 2021. Before coming to Wrangell just over three years ago, she was an atto...

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