Judge Anne Cruser appointed to Court of Appeals

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Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Judge Anne Cruser to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. She replaces Judge Jill Johanson who is retiring at the end of the month.

Inslee named Cruser to the Cowlitz County Superior Court in 2017. Prior to that appointment, she was a supervising attorney for the Appellate Division at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Cruser also served as judge pro tempore for five years in the Cowlitz County District Court and owned a private law firm for seven years. She focused on appellate law with experience in criminal trial litigation and public records.

She began her career prosecuting felonies, domestic violence and misdemeanors in Clark and Cowlitz counties.

"Anne has a strong proven track record of hands-on legal experience—from a long career in appellate work to her more recent experience as a trial judge. She has a strong connection to the communities she's served and I look forward to her bringing her knowledge and experience to the Court of Appeals," Inslee said.

Cruser earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

It is anticipated that Governor Inslee will appoint her successor to the Cowlitz County Superior Court in short order.

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