Judge Polking was appointed to the bench in June 2019. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Tufts University in 1994 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2001, graduating Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif. His past experience includes an attorney in private practice, as well as the Carroll County Magistrate. He is a member of the Carroll County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and the Iowa Judges Association.