The longest-serving judge in Northeastern Minnesota plans to retire at the end of August, creating a vacancy to be filled at the Carlton County Courthouse.

Sixth District Judge Robert Macaulay will retire after more than 26 years of service, according to an announcement from the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.

A former assistant Carlton County attorney, Macaulay was first appointed to the bench by Gov. Arne Carlson in January 1995 and has since been elected five times. He has presided over numerous high-profile cases, including the 1996 kidnapping and murder of Two Harbors teenager Paul Antonich.

Judge Robert Macaulay
Judge Robert Macaulay

The selection commission is accepting applications through July 27, with interviews scheduled for mid-August, according to the announcement. The panel will provide a list of finalists to be considered by Gov. Tim Walz, who has final authority to appoint a replacement.

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Macaulay, 64, is currently serving alongside Judge Rebekka Stumme, who was appointed to the Carlton bench in 2019. The 6th Judicial District includes 16 judgeships across Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties. Judges must live in the district and appear on the ballot in all four counties.