PORTLAND, Maine — The deputy chief judge of the District Court has been appointed chief judge after his predecessor was elevated last week to the Superior Court bench.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley announced Thursday that Charles LaVerdiere of Wilton would replace Ann Murray of Bangor as chief judge for the state’s district courts.
Murray’s appointment as a Superior Court justice and LaVerdiere’s reappointment as a District Court judge were confirmed Wednesday by the Maine Senate.
“Chief Judge Murray has served with boundless energy and a great talent for the details of the District Court chief’s job; she will be very much missed,” Saufley said in a press release. “To fill her shoes, I have asked Deputy Chief Judge Charlie LaVerdiere to accept the job, and I am delighted that he has agreed.
“[LaVerdiere] has a wealth of experience in legislative and court administrative matters and excels in finding solid, practical solutions to the challenges we face,” she continued. “I am confident he will serve the public well.”
Murray was first appointed to the District Court in 1999. From 2007 until last week, she served as the chief judge. LaVerdiere was first appointed to the District Court in 2003.
The chief justice also announced the reappointment of Justice Thomas E. Humphrey of Sanford as chief justice of the Superior Court.
“I am very pleased that Chief Justice Tom Humphrey, who has served with great energy and distinction for six years, has agreed to accept another term,” Saufley said. “I’m grateful for his extraordinary work ethic, his excellent administrative judgment, and his willingness to continue the work in such a difficult budget environ-ment.”
Humphrey became a District Court judge in 1993. Five years later, he was elevated to the Superior Court bench.
The chief justice of the Superior Court and the chief judge of the District Court are responsible for the operation and administration of the trial courts.