SEATTLE — On Dec. 1, the former Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Stephen Dwyer was sworn in as one of 10 judges on Division 1 Court of Appeals, which includes King and Snohomish counties, of the state Court of Appeals.
“This is a job I always had an interest in and always had a desire to return to after I came on as a law clerk here right out of law school,” he said.
Dwyer, 48, won the right to the position by besting six other candidates who filed for election in November to replace the late Faye Kennedy of Everett. Kennedy died in September.
The newest member of the Court of Appeals served less than two years on the Superior Court bench. Before that, he served nine years as a Snohomish County District Court judge in Lynnwood and was a member of the Edmonds City Council for 11 years.
He took office in front of a small group of friends and family members in his new chambers on the 26th floor of the One Union Square Building in downtown Seattle.
Carol McRae, with whom he had served on the bench in Lynnwood, administered the oath of office. He will serve five years, the remainder of Kennedy’s term.