(CN) - Michael Williams, a court commissioner for the Napa County Superior Court, will become its newest judge, Gov. Jerry Brown announced.
The Napa-based Democrat fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephen Kroyer. He has served as a court commissioner there since 2001.
Williams, 66, earned a bachelor's and master's degree in science from the University of California, Berkeley.
After graduating from Golden Gate University School of Law, Williams worked as a deputy public defender at the Napa County Public Defender's Office from 1986 to 1996.
He became court counsel and a research attorney at the Napa County Superior Court in 1996 and served in that capacity until 2001.
The new post comes with an annual salary of $178,789.
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