OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Kevin S. Naught to the Yakima County Superior Court. Naught currently serves as a Yakima County Superior Court Commissioner, a position he has held since 2014.
“Kevin’s impressive public service background, his years serving as a Yakima County Superior Court Commissioner, and his obvious passion for serving his community make him the perfect choice to serve Yakima County,” Inslee said. “I am confident that he’ll make an excellent judge.”
Naught has also served as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Chief of Legal Services and Attorney for Ray Barracks, Germany, as well as the JAG Operational Law Attorney for Eagle Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Naught has been an active volunteer in Yakima, coaching both soccer and basketball for the YMCA and the Yakima Youth Soccer Association. In 2003 Naught received the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services.
Naught earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, and his law degree from Gonzaga University’s School of Law.
Naught replaces Judge Susan Hahn, who is retiring after serving on the Yakima County Superior Court since 1991.
Naught’s appointment is effective Feb. 14.