Hugh K. Swift, who has been the court's executive officer since 2011, was named to a vacant judgeship there Friday by Gov.
As the court's top administrator the past two years, Swift
worked closely with state officials while the courthouse was under construction.
Reached by phone Friday, Swift
and court staff are still settling into the new facility and that he'll need to consult with Martin to make a timetable for his
transition from executive to judge.
"I am very excited and feel very honored to have been appointed," Swift
also thanked Mewhinney for his patience of the past 21 months as Mewhinney continued to hear cases.
"I feel particularly honored that I was appointed to fill the seat vacated by his
It is not unusual for months or years to pass before the governor fills vacant judgeships.
was just one of 16 judges appointed Friday to various courts around the state.
, 54, lives in Angels Camp.
He served in a number of positions with Amador County Superior Court from 1999 to 2011, including court commissioner, court executive officer and research attorney.
Swift earned a juris doctor degree from the California Western School of Law and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of San Diego.
law career in 1985, working over the years for five different law firms before moving to a job with the Amador County court
is a Democrat.
As a Superior Court judge, he will earn an annual salary of $181,292.