New Merced County courts commissioner to be sworn-in

October 4, 2012 

Jeanne Schechter, the new commissioner for the Merced County Superior Court, is scheduled to be sworn-in 4 p.m. Oct. 19 inside the Board of Supervisors chambers.

Schechter, who is currently a deputy city attorney for the city of Merced, will replace Commissioner Ralph Cook, who retired from the court in August, according to Linda Romero Soles, the court's executive officer.

Schechter will be the second female sitting on the Merced County Superior Court and one of two commissioners. She's worked in the Merced city attorney's office since 2006, overseeing all litigation, including workers' compensation, managing outside counsel and acting as liaison between the city, outside counsel and the city's risk management authority, according to a press release from Romero Soles.

Prior to working in Merced, she worked for the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office after graduating from law school. In Stanislaus County, she prosecuted property crimes, drug crimes, and violent crimes, such as sexual assaults, frauds, attempted murders and murders.

Schechter is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in business administration and graduated from law school at Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1990.

Judges are appointed by the governor and serve a term of six years, before running for re-election. Commissioners, on the other hand, are hired by the court.

The primary duties of commissioners include determining ex parte motions, hearing uncontested actions and proceedings, conducting arraignments, hearing actions to establish paternity and child or spousal support, hearing small claims and infraction cases and issuing bench warrants for failure to appear, according to Romero Soles.

Schechter will receive an annual salary of $151,970.52.

The Board of Supervisors chambers is located inside the county administration building, at 2222 M St. in Merced.

-- Sun-Star staff

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