Governor Inslee announces appointment of Judge Rich Melnick to Division II Court of Appeals

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Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing Judge Rich Melnick to Division II Court of Appeals, District III.

Melnick currently serves as Judge of the Superior Court of Clark County, a position he’s held since 2010. His 30-year career includes more than 20 years in the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and serving as a judge for Clark County District Court and for Camas and Washougal Municipal Courts. He’s also taught law at Clark College.

“Judge Melnick’s distinguished career made him a standout choice for appointment to the Court of Appeals,” said Gov. Inslee. “He has extensive experience as an appellate advocate, having appeared in our appellate courts in over 100 cases. He also has deep roots in Southwest Washington and will serve the community well.”

“Judge Rich Melnick is an experienced judge with a strong work ethic and dedication to public service,” said Chief Judge Lisa Worswick. “He is known as the go-to person when hard work needs to be done and will make an excellent addition to our court.”

Judge Richard Melnick is replacing Judge Joel M. Penoyar, who is retiring on February 28 and was appointed in September 2005. Melnick’s term is effective March 10.

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Jaime Smith
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office