SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Donna L. Tarter to a judgeship in the Kings County Superior Court. Tarter, 53, of Hanford, has served as a contract sole practitioner since 2000 and public defender for Kings County Superior Court since 1993.

Previously, she served as coordinating attorney for the Kings County Board of Supervisors from 2000 to 2009 and inmate counsel for the State of California’s Office of Administrative Hearings from 1996 to 2009. Tarter was an associate attorney for the Law Offices of Steven D. Barnes from 1990 to 1993. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the San Joaquin College of Law and an Associate of Arts degree from West Valley Community College. Tarter fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Louis F. Bissig. Tarter is a Republican.

The compensation for this position is $178,789.