A sign urges quiet at Ketchikan’s courthouse on July 2, 2021. (Eric Stone/KRBD)

A Fairbanks-based federal prosecutor is set to be the next Ketchikan Superior Court judge.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced Wednesday that he’s appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Doty to fill the vacancy left by Judge William Carey after he retired last month.

Doty was one of two names put forth by the Alaska Judicial Council to replace Carey on the top regional court for the southern panhandle. The independent commission made up of lawyers, political appointees and the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court had also nominated Ketchikan Magistrate Judge Amanda Schulz for the Superior Court post.

“Mr. Doty has served Alaskans in rural and urban communities, in private practice as well as a prosecutor. Mr. Doty was selected for the suitability of his experience for the judgeship,” Deputy Press Secretary Patty Sullivan said in an emailed statement.

Doty has practiced law for more than eight years after graduating from the William and Mary Law School in Virginia, the oldest law school in the U.S., and he’s called Alaska home for the last 14 years, according to the governor’s office’s announcement.

Doty did not respond to an interview request Wednesday afternoon.