Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi to a vacant seat on the King County Superior Court bench.
Gregoire made the announcement in a news release issued today.
“Patrick had a highly accomplished career as a criminal prosecutor followed by experience in civil litigation,” the governor said in the release. “This experience together with the multitude of cases he has presided over as a court commissioner will make Patrick a strong addition to the King County Superior Court.”
Oishi served as a Pierce County deputy prosecutor for more than 10 years before leaving for a private law firm in 2008. Last year, he was hired to be a criminal commissioner in Pierce County Superior Court, where he presided over arraignments and other pre-trial matters.
It could not immediately be determined whether he will be replaced.