Grant Blinn has been selected as the new judge for Lakewood Municipal Court. He replaces Judge Ernest Heller, whose term expires at the end of the year. Blinn will begin Jan. 1.
Blinn brings more than two decades of legal and public safety experience to the bench, including his most recent work as homicide chief attorney with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Blinn was with the prosecuting attorney’s office for 17 years. He earlier worked as a division chief, supervising 25 deputy prosecutors and staff.
He also has served as judge pro-tempore for Thurston County District Court since 2010.
Heller announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek reappointment to the court where he has presided for more than a decade. After the city initiated the process to replace him, he changed his mind and submitted an application, according to Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield. Heller was one of six finalists interviewed.
“Judge Heller is an excellent public servant to whom the community of Lakewood owes a debt of gratitude,” Caulfield said in a press release. “Without his dedicated service, the Municipal Court wouldn’t have grown into the department it is today.”
Lakewood Municipal Court handles misdemeanor cases for the cities of Lakewood and University Place and, since Oct. 1, the town of Steilacoom.