Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Zager has announced his retirement effective Sept. 3. The Waterloo native, who joined the state’s highest court in March 2011, will have completed 19 years as a judicial officer when he retires, 12 of those years on the district court bench. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1999, he was in private practice in Waterloo for 18 years.
"It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the 110th justice in the 180-year history of the Iowa Supreme Court," Justice Zager said. Chief Justice Mark Cady added that “Justice Zager has been a very important part of the supreme court and he will be missed both as a clear-thinking, deliberative judge and as a good friend.”
Under Iowa law, the vacancy that will occur upon Justice Zager’s retirement will be filled by Governor Kim Reynolds from a list of three nominees submitted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission. More information about the nominating commission, including a list of the commission members, can be found here.
A brief biography of Justice Zager and his comments about his career on the state’s top bench can be found at this link.