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Tamietti sworn in as superior court judge

David Bunker, Sierra Sun

Truckee attorney Robert Tamietti is ready to sit on the other side of the bench.

During a brief ceremony Sunday, Tamietti, 51, was sworn in as superior court judge at the Nevada County courthouse in Truckee.

Tamietti, a Republican, was one of outgoing Gov. Gray Davis’ last appointments. He will fill the position vacated by Kathleen Butz, who was promoted to the 3rd District Court of Appeals.

Before a packed courtroom of more than 60 friends, family and coworkers, Tamietti spoke of the choices that led up to him being sworn in.

“I always wanted to be a small town lawyer,” Tamietti said. He began his law career in a bankruptcy practice in San Francisco before taking a job with Porter-Simon in Truckee.

“I took the job and moved to this community and have been blessed ever since,” he said. “It has been a blessing to work for the extraordinary people who call this place home.”

Tamietti has worked as an attorney in Truckee since 1990, working as an associate with Porter-Simon before starting his own practice.

He received the news of his appointment the evening of Nov. 11. Tamietti has spent the last week informing clients that he is closing his practice.

Justice Butz, the esteemed judge whom Tamietti replaces, also spoke at the ceremony. She listed the qualities of courage, humility and sensitivity to people that she said must be present in a trial judge.

“Those qualities, we all recognize, reside in Bob. That’s why I am so delighted he is taking my place on the bench,” she said.

Tamietti said becoming a judge has been a long-time ambition, and credited Butz with helping him achieve his goal.

“Justice Butz had been pestering me for years to put in an application” Tamietti said.

Judge C. Anders Holmer performed the swearing in. He urged Tamietti to protect justice, uphold the law and incorporate “energy, commitment and integrity” to the job.

Tamietti wore the robe of his father, a Methodist minister, during the ceremony. Mayor Ted Owens and former mayors Maia Schneider and Kathleen Higgins were in attendance.

Nevada County’s newest judge brings a wealth of experience as well as a diverse background to the job. His father grew up in Grass Valley, and although he spent his childhood in San Diego, he often visited the area.

Tamietti went to high school in Mission Viejo, then attended Saddleback Junior College, Cal State Long Beach and eventually the University of Utah. He also attended law school at Utah.

Tamietti’s first day on the bench will be Nov. 24.


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