Edirin Okoloko, a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor, shows a photo of a car involved in a murder case at trial in 2016. Okoloko was named a Superior Court judge Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Edirin Okoloko, a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor, shows a photo of a car involved in a murder case at trial in 2016. Okoloko was named a Superior Court judge Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Governor appoints deputy prosecutor to Superior Court bench

Edirin Okoloko is a 13-year veteran of the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office.

EVERETT — Edirin Okoloko, a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor, was appointed to serve as a Superior Court judge Tuesday.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed the 13-year veteran of the county’s prosecutor’s office to replace retiring Judge George Bowden.

Okoloko was born in Nigeria, and received law degrees at the University of Benin and the Seattle University School of Law, according to the governor’s office. He served as a law clerk for former Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes, who retired this year.

Okoloko has prosecuted murders, sexual assaults, child abuse and elder abuse.

“Edirin has a clear dedication to the legal profession and a successful history of bringing justice to some of our state’s most vulnerable crime victims,” Inslee said in a prepared statement. “He will be an excellent addition to the bench in Snohomish County.”

Okoloko will take the bench in October.

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