Judge Holmer to step down
Judge C. Anders Holmer will retire from his position as Superior Court Judge after 20 years on the bench, most of that time covering a wide range of civil and criminal cases in Truckee.
Holmer will retire effective Nov. 5, but could continue on the Truckee bench as a temporary judge while the court awaits the governor’s appointment of a permanent replacement to fill out his term, court CEO Sean Metroka said Friday.
The remaining five judges in Nevada County’s Superior Court have discussed the possibility that Judge Robert Tamietti, who lives in Truckee, could take over Holmer’s duties there, but no decision has been made, Metroka said. Judicial assignments are made effective each January and typically are announced in December, he added.
Holmer could not be reached for comment.
Holmer was appointed to the post in December 1990, when the institution was a county Municipal Court. He replaced retiring Judge George Pifer, who retired in November 1990. Since then, he has run for election to the post, last in 2006. His six-year term expires in 2012.
“This vacancy will be up for gubernatorial appointment because it doesn’t occur at the end of a term,” Metroka said. “We never know how that’s going to play out.”
Court officials are hoping for an appointment before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves office to reduce the instability of having temporary judges, Metroka said.
It is possible Holmer would continue to serve in Truckee as a temporary judge, the court chief added. Retired judges often continue in the pool of substitutes, known as assigned judges, operated by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
In the past, applicants for open judicial seats have been investigated by a gubernatorial committee and also rated by their peers in the Nevada County Bar Association.
Whoever is appointed to fill out Holmer’s term will stand for election in 2012, but it is unusual for sitting judges to see electoral opposition, court observers have said.
To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4230.
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