Magistrate Mary Ellen Perkins, Panora, has been appointed to serve Guthrie County in August 2001. She received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1985, and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 1987. She has been in private practice since graduating law school. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Guthrie County Bar Association and the Dallas County Bar Association. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren.