ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Tim Walz has appointed Ramsey County Assistant Chief Judge Jennifer Frisch to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Frisch will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the chief judge on the appeals court, Edward Cleary.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Frisch to the district court in 2014. She previously served as senior associate general counsel for the University of Minnesota.

Walz calls her "an impartial, fair jurist" with an unwavering commitment to justice.