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Monday, February 25, 2013


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Interim Director’s Appointment Made More Than a Week Ago


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The decision to appoint a top administrator at the Los Angeles Superior Court as interim executive officer and clerk of the court was actually made more than a week ago, according to a document released Friday by the court.

Presiding Judge David Wesley appointed William Mitchell, effective April 1, in an order dated Feb. 14. In an email to judicial officers and staff members Friday, the presiding judge explained that he made the appointment because “it has become evident that we will not have a new Court Executive Officer/Clerk before the effective date of John Clarke’s retirement which is March 30, 2013.”

Mitchell—whose current title is deputy executive officer, administration/finance—has “graciously agreed” to serve in the interim capacity, Wesley said in his email. The appointment was not made public by the court until Thursday of last week.

Clarke announced last November that he would retire after 18 years at the court. The search for a permanent successor is in the hands of a committee chaired Judge Lee Edmon, the immediate past presiding judge of the court.


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