Curran to Be Administrative Director of Courts
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The Judicial Council of California yesterday voted unanimously to appoint Shelley Curran as administrative director of the courts, effective Jan. 1.
Curran is currently the Judicial Council’s chief policy and research officer. According to the Judicial Council’s website, she “is responsible for coordinating the council’s research and policy agendas, centralizing efforts to identify judicial branch priorities in emerging policy areas and advancing these priorities within the Executive and Legislative branches and overseeing operations of the Judicial Council’s Governmental Affairs office.”
She joined the Judicial Council’s staff in 2009 and was previously principal consultant to the president pro tempore of the California State Senate on budget and legislative matters related to adult and juvenile criminal justice, civil law, civil rights, and the judiciary.
Curran will succeed Acting Administrative Director Millicent Tidwell.
A press release advises:
“Curran is the first woman to hold the permanent leadership role at the council. She is also the first openly LGBTQ+ person to hold this statewide office.”
Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero commented:
“Shelley is a dedicated public servant and gifted state administrator with more than 20 years of experience working on public policy with all three branches of government, including 14 years with the judicial branch. Throughout her career, Shelley has been committed to public service and advancing equity, fairness, and dignity for all individuals and communities.
“Through my own experience working with Shelley as well as the resoundingly positive feedback from other leaders inside and outside of the branch on her qualifications and her character, a strong consensus clearly emerged that Shelley was the top choice to fill this pivotal position for our state court system.”
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