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Gov. Chris Gregoire announced on Monday that she will appoint Patrick Monasmith to the Superior Court serving Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties. Monasmith is a former court commissioner for Stevens County, and has extensive experience in private practice.
He will fill the judgeship being vacated by the retirement of Rebecca Baker.
â€śPatrickâ€™s broad legal background is exactly what is necessary to effectively serve as Superior Court judge,â€ť Gregoire said. â€śI welcome Patrick to this position, and know those he works with will appreciate and respect his passion to serve the community.â€ť
â€śI am deeply honored by this appointment, and humbled by the confidence placed in me by Gov. Gregoire and my peers,â€ť said Monasmith. â€śIt will be my great privilege to serve the citizens of the Tri-Counties as their next Superior Court judge."
Monasmith graduated from Colville High School. He later earned a bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Idaho before graduating from the University of Idaho College of Law.
He began his legal career in 1984, when he became a staff attorney with the Spokane County Public Defender Office. Two years later he joined the practice of Goicoechea Law Office before joining Oâ€™Neal & Delaney, P.S. as an associate. In 1989, Monasmith formed the firm of Skok & Monasmith, P.S. in Chewelah, where he has practiced law for more than 20 years.
â€śPatrick Monasmithâ€™s proven temperament, his breadth of experience and his energy make him an ideal fit for the demands of our tri-county judicial district,â€ť Baker said.
â€śMr. Monasmith will show strong leadership,â€ť said fellow Superior Court Judge Allen Nielson. â€śI look forward to working with him.â€ť