OLYMPIA – A decade after the establishment of Thurston County 's 7th Superior Court Judge position, the 8th judge to take a new position is being sworn in today. Anne Hirsch, a former court commissioner pro-tem in Thurston County 's Family and Juvenile Court, will assume the new position in Superior Court. She was chosen in the November general election.
Court Administrator Marti Maxwell says Judge Hirsch will hit the ground running. "As you might imagine, case loads in Superior Court have increased dramatically over the past 10 years. Having Judge Hirsch aboard will help spread the workload around a bit and we are really looking forward to working with her in the years to come." Judge Hirsch will begin work immediately.
The last new position was filled in 1996 when former Deputy Prosecutor Gary Tabor was elected to the 7th Superior Court seat.
Anne Hirsch's swearing in will be held at 3 o'clock today in courtroom 129 in Building Two of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. The honorable Mary E. Fairhurst, State Supreme Court Justice, will administer the oath of office. The public is welcome to attend.