Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Commissioner Kevil Martin to Retire From Superior Court
By KENNETH OFGANG, Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kevil W. “Chip” Martin will retire Aug. 4, a court spokesperson said yesterday.
Martin, reached at his Santa Clarita chambers, declined to comment. “I just don’t give interviews,” the jurist said.
Martin, 65, was a Pasadena Municipal Court commissioner from 1981 until court coordination in 2000, when he became a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner.
A 1972 graduate of Southwestern Law School, Martin was a Pasadena deputy city prosecutor from 1973 to 1979, and was in private practice in that city from 1979 until he was appointed a commissioner. He ran for a Pasadena Municipal Court judgeship in 1986, but was defeated.
Before law school, he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder on a water polo scholarship, after lettering in baseball, football, and swimming at Montclair College Preparatory School in Van Nuys. He also worked in Boulder as a deputy sheriff.
He served in the Army from 1967 to 1970, and was a narcotics investigator at the time of his discharge.
He graduated from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Training School in Washington, D.C. in 1979. He held licenses as a commercial fisherman and a nurseryman during the 1980s.
He is a former director of the Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the California Court Commissioners Association.
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