Judge Heckerman, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench in 1996. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1972. In 1974 he graduated with his law degree from Creighton University. He worked in private practice, as assistant Pottawattamie County attorney, and Pottawattamie County public defender before being appointed to the district associate bench in 1984. Judge Heckerman is a member of the Iowa Judges' Association.