North Dakota’s acting U.S. attorney appointed district judge

April 28, 2022 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s interim U.S. attorney was named Thursday as a state judge in the Fargo-area district.

Longtime federal prosecutor Nick Chase is taking over for retiring Judge Thomas Olson in the East Central Judicial District, which serves Cass. Steele and Trail Counties. Olson’s last day is Friday.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum selected Chase over three other finalists: Southeast District Judge Cherie Clark, East Central District Judicial Referee Stephanie Hayden and Fargo attorney Monty Mertz.

Chase has served in the U.S. attorney’s office in North Dakota since 2002. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he led the office’s appellate, white collar fraud, criminal immigration and asset recovery units.

Chase was promoted to first assistant U.S. attorney in 2019. He was appointed to serve as acting U.S. attorney in February 2021.

Chase earned his bachelor’s degree from Minot State University and his law degree from the University of North Dakota in 1995.