A Riverside County prosecutor recently elected to a judgeship and a court commissioner with experience in juvenile law were appointed to judicial seats by the governor, it was announced Friday.
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Judge-elect Timothy Hollenhorst of Riverside to an interim judgeship in order to expedite his placement on the bench, according to the governor’s office.
Hollenhorst, 41, was elected to an open judicial seat in the June 5 primary, but he was not due to undertake his official duties until after Jan. 1.
The governor’s appointment will permit the veteran prosecutor to start immediately.
Hollenhorst, who identified himself in election filings as non-partisan, has served as a deputy district attorney since 2004. His father is a former appellate judge.
Brown also appointed 42-year-old Jennifer Gerard of Yorba Linda to fill the vacancy left following the retirement of Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask.
Gerard, a Democrat, has been a Riverside County Superior Court commissioner for just over a year.
Between 2010 and 2017, she was an attorney for the Los Angeles Criminal Appellate Project, and prior to that, Gerard was a contract criminal defense attorney, and for seven years served on the Riverside County Juvenile Defense Panel.
Both judicial positions provide for an annual salary of $200,042.
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