Circuit Judge Wendy Bartlett swears in new Municipal Court Judge Jeremy Michaels at the Gillette City Council meeting August 4.
In a unanimous decision, the Gillette City Council appointed attorney Jeremy Michaels to fill the vacant Municipal Court position at its Tuesday night meeting, August 4.
The open seat had been vacated by Judge Doug Dumbrill, following his impromptu resignation at the July 7 council meeting after swearing in newly appointed Gillette City Councilwoman Laura Chapman. Chapman was selected out of seven candidates to fill the empty seat following the resignation of former councilman, Shay Lundvall, who resigned in the wake of controversy surrounding social media posts that has since prompted protests from dozens of residents in the community who were at the meeting to voice their discontent. Dumbrill resigned, he said, in order to speak openly to the audience that evening in what turned into a verbal argument, prompting police to clear the chambers.
The city did not publicly announce the appointment nor provide any additional information about Michaels’ selection, which according to City of Gillette Communications Manager Geno Palazzari is protocol for appointments selected by the council.
According to the Michaels’ LinkedIn profile, he has been a partner at Michaels & Michaels, P.C. since 1989, and also served as a circuit judge from 1984 to 1989. Prior to this, he was a Campbell County Prosecuting Attorney from 1978 to 1984. Michaels received his B.A. from Colgate University and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
According to The Wyoming State Bar Association, Michaels has been a member in good standing since 1978, with no active disciplinary actions.
Judge Michaels did not return multiple calls from County 17 Wednesday.