Justice Kate Fox will replace Chief Justice Mike Davis, whose term as chief justice ends Wednesday. Photo: Wyoming Supreme Court

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court will soon get a new chief justice.

The justices on the state high court chose fellow Justice Kate Fox for the role starting Thursday, the Supreme Court said in a statement Tuesday.

She will replace Chief Justice Mike Davis, whose term as chief justice ends Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Matt Mead appointed Fox to the Supreme Court in 2014. Fox had been an attorney in private practice with the firm Davis and Cannon since 1990.

She holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming and was a clerk for U.S. District Judge Clarence A. Brimmer in Cheyenne for a year.

Fox helped lead Wyoming’s judicial branch through challenges including the coronavirus pandemic and fiscal trouble and “thoroughly understands all levels of the judicial branch and the challenges it faces,” Davis said in the statement.

Fox said she was deeply honored to be entrusted with the job.