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(Des Moine Register) — An assistant Polk County attorney was chosen this week to become Iowa’s first female, African-American judge, officials announced Friday. Romonda Belcher-Ford, 42, was selected to fill the opening created by the retirement of Polk County District Associate Judge Joe Smith. Belcher-Ford was nominated by a commission that screened applicants and picked three finalists. Polk County’s district judges voted her into the seat.

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