City officials have named two judges to the municipal court in place of outgoing Judge Michael Giardine.

The two new judges will be Laura Lewis and Daniel Love.

"The idea behind hiring two judges was based on the opportunity made available from such a great slate of applicants," city manager Cherise Tieben said. "With two judges we will have Laura Lewis prepared to serve the majority of the time, but will utilize Dan Love to provide 24 days when we had to previously have a pro tem judge.

"Even though the pro tem system worked great before, we will now have an expected consistency by just having two judges and staff will not spend time getting a pro tem judge when an absence is necessary.

"The two judges will work together to fill the necessary time."

The hiring process began April 30 when the contract for Giardine had expired.

According to Tieben, the official start date for Lewis and Love to become permanent will be Aug. 1 and will have the same duties.

"Judge Lewis and Judge Love seemed willing to give this opportunity a shot," Tieben said. "They both have the required Juris Doctorate degree, with significant legal experience with all of the courts in our community."

Love is a former 16th Judicial District Chief Judge with more than 25 years experience who retired from the position in January 2015.

Lewis is an attorney with an office in Cimarron covering various areas of law.