Lisa Sutton, a judge in Thurston County Superior Court since 2010, is moving up to the Court of Appeals early. Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Sutton to the Division II position she was already running for unopposed this summer.
The appointment takes effect Oct. 1 in the court division that serves Thurston County and five other counties including the Olympic Peninsula.
“Lisa has a great reputation for her work both on and off the bench,” Inslee said in a news release last month. “She brings a strong commitment to serving the public and promoting justice. I know she’ll be an effective judge for this region.”
Sutton will be on the November ballot running unopposed for the position Judge J. Robin Hunt of Bainbridge Island held for nearly 18 years; Hunt retires at the end of September.
Sutton was first appointed to the Superior Court bench in November 2010, then won re-election twice. She served as a pro tem Family Court commissioner during 1997-2003 and also worked 24 years for the Attorney General’s Office, including as senior trial attorney and supervisor in the torts division.