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Nevada County Superior Court judges set; Tamietti to take over for Holmer in Truckee

Liz Kellar
Sun News Service
Robert L. Tamietti is taking over for C. Anders Holmer as Truckee's Nevada County Superior Court judge.

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. and#8212; The appointment of current Court Commissioner B. Scott Thomsen to a vacant judgeship in the Nevada County Superior Court has sparked a shuffling of assignments for the county’s judicial officers.

Judge C. Anders Holmer, the presiding judge in Truckee, retired Nov. 5, but has continued on the Truckee bench as a temporary judge. Judge Robert Tamietti, who lives in Truckee, will take over his duties there.

When Holmer announced his retirement in October, it was widely speculated that Tamietti was the natural choice for the Truckee court. But that appointment was not a foregone conclusion, said Court Executive Officer Sean Metroka.

and#8220;We actually had three judges with residences in Truckee,and#8221; Metroka said. and#8220;(Judge) Sean Dowling lives in Truckee part-time.and#8221;

Judge Thomas Anderson, who has been presiding over civil cases in Department 6, will take over Tamietti’s position in the felony criminal courtroom, Department 4. Dowling will move from Department 2, criminal cases, to the civil court in Department 6, and Thomsen will take over Department 2.

Judge Julie McManus will continue to preside over Department 3, Unified Family Court; Judge Candace Heidelberger will remain in criminal court, in Department 1.

and#8220;I’m looking forward to the assignment, although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Department 2 and I’ll miss all the folks I work with down here,and#8221; Dowling said. and#8220;These changes are routine and#8212; but they are good for us, so you don’t get too stale doing the same thing all the time.and#8221;

The timing of the reassignments remains uncertain, Metroka said Friday.

and#8220;It depends on when Scott Thomsen takes the oath of office,and#8221; Metroka said. and#8220;That will likely be in the next couple of weeks.and#8221;

Thomsen’s appointment will leave a vacancy in the office of court commissioner, a post that is appointed by the local judges.

and#8220;We have to open that up for recruitment,and#8221; Metroka said. and#8220;Attorneys who meet the qualifications will be eligible to apply.and#8221;

The Nevada County Superior Court faced a similar dilemma when Dowling, the court commissioner at the time, was appointed in 2005.

and#8220;We have the ability to hire a retired commissioner on a temporary basis, which is what we intend to do,and#8221; Metroka said. That position will be hired from a list provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, of retired commissioners who are willing to sit in on a temporary basis.

Once Tamietti transfers up to the Truckee courtroom, Nevada County likely will continue to use him as an assigned judge on an as-needed basis, Metroka said.

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