Friday is the last day on the job for Montana's chief federal judge.
69-year-old Richard Cebull, who served as Montana's chief US district judge for the past five years, admitted to sending out a racist e-mail about President Obama to his friends last year.
That message reportedly was sent from his work computer.
He publicly apologized to the president after drawing national attention for the incident, and was under a thorough investigation.
Judge Susan Watters was nominated by Senator Max Baucus to replace Cebull.
She still must be appointed by President Obama, and then confirmed by the US Senate. That change likely will not happen for a few more months.