Nebraska's most populous county has a new presiding judge.
Judge Craig McDermott has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 4th Judicial District for the year 2014.
The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge McDermott, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges.
Judge McDermott has served on the county court bench in Douglas County since taking the bench in 2005.
He currently sits on the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Interpreter Advisory committee and serves on a variety of committees for the Nebraska County Judges Association.
As presiding judge, McDermott has primary responsibility for overseeing the delivery of county court services within Douglas County.
Judge McDermott will serve as the liaison to other agencies of local and state government for the courts of the district and to the Nebraska State Bar Association and the media.
Presiding judges also bear the responsibility for the hiring, evaluation, and discipline of county court staff and provide county courts in the area with direction in matters of local district policy, according to a news release from the Nebraska Supreme Court.