The Alaska Court System announced today that Justice Daniel Winfree has been selected by the Alaska Supreme Court to serve as Chief Justice beginning on July 1, 2021, making him the first Chief Justice to be born in Alaska.
Winfree will replace Chief Justice Joel Bolger, who announced he will retire at the end of his term. Chief Justices serve three-year terms and serve as the chief administrator of the court system, making decisions about court operations, appointing presiding judges for judicial districts and serving as the head of the Alaska Judicial Council.
In addition to being the first Chief Justice born in Alaska, Winfree will be just the second Chief Justice from Fairbanks. According to announcement by the Alaska Court System, Winfree joined the Alaska Supreme Court in 2008 after working in private practice for 25 years. Prior to that, he had worked as a truck driver and warehouseman in pipeline construction camps during the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline system.