Jerry Brown jumpstarts new judge

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Elected as Placer County superior court’s newest judge in June and slated to start in January, Todd Irby is getting an early start on the job from the Governor’s Office.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced 12 superior court appointments for counties around the state and Irby was among the dozen — allowing the Rocklin resident and current Placer County court commissioner to start five months earlier than scheduled.

Irby — endorsed by all 10 sitting Placer County superior court judges in the June 5 primary — won the $200,000-a-year seat in a three-candidate election against Rebecca Chenoweth and Kulvinder Singh. The Rocklin resident polled 58.95 percent of the vote.

During the election campaign, Irby — a registered Democrat — also picked up support from District Attorney Scott Owens and retired Sheriff Ed Bonner.

Irby, 60, has been a Placer County court commissioner since 2017.

He was chief counsel at the state Department of Veterans Affairs from 2012 to 2017 and a deputy attorney general at the state Office of the Attorney General from 2007 to 2012. Before that, he was in private, civil practice from 1991 to 2007.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

The election in June was to fill the vacancy created by Judge Frances Kearney’s retirement.