Judge Ahlers, Webster City, was appointed to the bench in March of 2011. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Finance degree in 1991 and from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1994. From 1994 to 2008 Judge Ahlers practiced in a private law firm. From 2008 to 2011, he served as claim counsel in the Bond and Financial Products Claim Group for the Travelers Companies. Judge Ahlers is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association.