Magistrate Stephen Kersten, Fort Dodge, was appointed to serve Webster County in 1992. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1975, his Master of Science degree from the University of Iowa in 1977, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Drake University Law School in 1980. Magistrate Kersten was in private practice in Fort Dodge starting in 1980 until his retirement in 2021. His practice was general in nature with a focus on litigation. Magistrate Kersten is a Lifetime Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and former member of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and Iowa State Bar Association.