Governor Jerry Brown
Governor Jerry Brown (Jason Doiy)

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday elevated three court commissioners to the ranks of trial court judges.

Elizabeth Hill, currently a part-time commissioner with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, was named to the San Mateo County Superior Court bench, where she had worked as a commissioner between 2010 and 2013. Prior to that, Hill worked as a deputy district attorney in San Mateo County for a decade. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James Ellis.

Ferdinand Inumerable will become a judge with the Ventura County Superior Court, where he has served as a commissioner since 2010. Inumerable spent 15 years working in the public defenders’ offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. He replaces Judge Ellen Conroy, who retired.

Keri Katz has been a commissioner with the San Diego County Superior Court for seven years. She will fill the spot created by the retirement of Judge Alvin Green Jr. She held several positions with the San Diego city attorney’s office between 1987 and 2006, and she served as chief operating officer at the San Diego Water Department from 2006 to 2007.

All three appointees are Democrats. They will earn $181,292 annually.

Brown’s appointments fill three of the 54 trial court judgeships listed as vacant by the Administrative Office of the Courts as of Dec. 31, 2013.

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