Governor appoints two to Superior Court


By Bay City News Service

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two Bay Area attorneys to serve as San Mateo County Superior Court judges, the governor's office announced Friday.

Half Moon Bay resident Donald Ayoob, 55, has worked in the state public defender's office since 1988, serving as chief assistant state public defender since 2002. A Democrat, he is filling a vacancy created by retiring Judge Norman Gatzert.

Oakland resident Leland Davis, 52, worked as a deputy public defender in San Francisco from 1987 until 2003, when he started his own law practice. A Democrat, he is filling a vacancy created by retiring Judge Carol Mittlesteadt.

The starting annual pay for each judge is $178,789.

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