Superior Court judge appointed |

Superior Court judge appointed

NEVADA CITY ” Candace Heidelberger, 53, a Republican and former public defender, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Nevada County Superior Court, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday.

Heidelberger fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Albert Dover, who resigned before his elected term expired. Dover announced his retirement on Nov. 14 of last year and left the bench on Feb. 19 of this year.

Other candidates for the post included county Deputy Attorney Kathryn Francis and county Court commissioner Scott Thomsen, among others.

Heidelberger, who will earn $171,648, is one of several appointees to the Nevada County Superior Court in recent years. Superior Court judges are meant to be elected officials but judges who resign before their terms expire are appointed instead.

Heidelberger has served as a panel attorney for the Central California Appellate Program since 1997.

She has served simultaneously as a contract attorney for Placer County since 2002 and Nevada County since 2004. Heidelberger also served concurrently as a public defender for both Placer County from 1997 to 2002 and Nevada County from 2002 to 2004.

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