SOUTH BEND — Donald J. Richter was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Dec. 18 to be Pacific and Wahkiakum County Superior Court judge.

He replaces Judge Doug Goelz, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Richter spent the past four and a half years as a deputy county prosecutor in Pacific and Cowlitz counties, most recently working as Pacific County’s chief deputy prosecutor.

“In his current role, he has helped stand up and support a successful drug court that benefits both the participants and the community as a whole,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Before coming to Southwest Washington, he worked as a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor in Spokane County. When he worked as a legal intern in the prosecuting attorney’s office, Richter performed extensive pro bono work as a member of the Volunteer Lawyer Program, assisting individuals in a broad range of family law matters.

“Don has earned a solid reputation among his peers as a compassionate, thoughtful attorney with a big heart and strong sense of justice,” Inslee said.

“He has a wealth of trial experience, and I look forward to him continuing his public service in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.”

Richter earned his law degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane and bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University. He is heavily involved in his community in north Pacific County, the governor’s office said.

Richter will be sworn in early next month.

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Hugh Whinfrey

Excellent forward-looking choice. Perhaps now there will be a further impetus to clean up the area's legendary drug problem - the Long Beach Peninsula ought to be one if the hottest markets for luxury condos and holiday cottages in the US. The reputation for a massive drug problem is the gift the just keeps on giving to the folks in government who lack any sort of vision or initiative. There is a chance to turn the corner on it all now with this appointment.

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