Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Mr. Swope, 57 and a registered Democrat, to a judgeship on the court, the governor's office announced Dec. 29. Mr. Swope will make $179,000 a year. He had served as deputy county counsel since 1998.
Prior to working for the county, Mr. Swope practiced law with several private firms.
He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carl Holm, according to the governor's office. He will be one of 15 judges on the court, according to the county's Web site.