William Simpson was officially recognized as the Big Horn Basin’s new District Judge, with a Robing Ceremony Wednesday.
Wyoming’s entire Supreme Court, and Governor Matt Mead came to Cody for the event.
The courtroom was packed with family and friends, including Simpson’s parents: retired Senator Alan K. Simpson, and Ann Simpson.
In Wyoming the Governor makes the final decision on judicial appointments.
Matt Mead congratulated Simpson before the new judge took the oath and was officially ‘Robed’ by his wife Debbie Simpson.
Mead talked about the important of good judges in our current political climate.
He said, “We live, in my mind, in a hyper-political world, where everything is R and D and none of the above. We have three branches of government. It is critical that we have this judicial branch of government that in this hyper-political world that can provide a foundation, a basis for our democracy for our republic. And that is, while not perfect, is seeking of justice.”
Judge Simpson took over his duties August 1, after former District Judge Cranfill retired.