By Shannon Johnson
This month Anna Straub assumed the position of Justice of the Peace after being elected in November of 2018. Judge Straub has been serving as the City Judge since January of 2018.
Straub graduated from Baker High School, but her family was in the oilfield, so they moved around frequently in her younger years. “We lived in almost every state in the northwest United States,” said Straub. “My mom was born and raised here, and my dad came up to Montana I think in the late fifties during the oil boom.”
Shortly after high school Straub married her husband Terry. Along with raising her family she worked at the nursing home and hospital as a nurse’s aide and the Rec Center for approximately ten years as a manager, life guard, and water safety instructor.
In the 1990’s she began her career in the legal system, serving as the Clerk of Court for Judge Rost for roughly four years. “I was kind of filling in for the Sheriff’s Office as a temporary,” explained Straub. “Judge Rost asked me if I’d like to come in and work one day a week as his Clerk and I said ‘sure’ so that’s how I came into it.”
When Rost decided to move on and run for County Commissioner the commission appointed Straub to finish his term. “He won the election for County Commissioner and then once that happened, he had to step down from the judge position and so the Commissioners and the City Council appointed me to finish his term,” she said. Following the completion of his term she decided to run for the position. She served in this position from 1998 until October of 2008 when she stepped down from her positions.
After she stepped down from her position, Straub worked at Reynolds in the bakery. “That was fun. I had never really worked in customer service before,” she said. “Just to get out with the people of our community was a good thing for me.” Following that she worked at the Insurance Store. After working at the Insurance Store, she took some time off of work and taught Aqua Fit for the Fallon County Rec Department.
“The opportunity came up for the City Court Judge and I decided go for it,” Straub explained regarding her returning to her position as City Judge.
Straub is excited to be back in both positions. “You’re always surprised at the results,” Straub explained. “I was super excited, and very honored, and very humbled at the support given to me by the people. I don’t take that lightly. It’s a big responsibility and I’m very humbled and very honored.”
“It is my goal to serve the people of community to the best of my ability! My mission is to be fair, firm, but yet compassionate to the welfare of those that appear before me in any way. As Rural Court Judges, we have the privilege of being in our communities. We are familiar with the individual needs of our community, the concern and care of families in our communities, and are vested in the future of our communities. Thank you so very much for this opportunity to serve in this capacity!!”