FIVE months have passed since former Proserpine magistrate Athol Kennedy left the Whitsunday region to be closer to family in Cleveland, but a permanent replacement has now been found.
Haydn Stjernqvist was scheduled to be sworn-in to the role in Brisbane yesterday.
Mr Stjernqvist became an acting magistrate in 2000 after acting as a registrar in the Magistrate's Court for more than a decade. As an acting magistrate, he has presided over matters in 55 courthouses across Queensland in the past 12 years. In December 2012, he was appointed to the bench, taking the total number of magistrates in the state to 91.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he was pleased to be appointing a gentleman of Mr Stjernqvist's calibre to the bench and wished him all the best for his new appointment and judicial career.
Mr Stjernqvist is expected to take up his new post within the next couple of weeks. Acting magistrate Ron Muirhead will remain in the role until Mr Stjernqvist arrives.