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Berkeley School Board President Will Be Court's Executive

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Friday March 08, 2013 - 11:22:00 PM

Alameda County Superior Court officials announced today that they've appointed county budget analyst and Berkeley school board president Leah Wilson to be the court's new executive officer. 

Wilson, 40, will assume her duties by April 15 and will succeed Pat Sweeten, who retired last December but has continued in the post during the search for a new executive officer. 

In her new post, Wilson will have oversight responsibility for the non-judicial services and staff functions of a court organization that consists of 85 judges and commissioners and more than 700 employees who provide court services in Alameda County. 

Wilson said in a statement, "I am thrilled by this appointment and I look forward to joining the Alameda County Superior Court. 

Wilson currently is a principal analyst with the Alameda County Administrator's Office, where she has the budget responsibility for several public safety departments. 

She also represents the county administrator on the leadership team that oversees the implementation of criminal justice realignment in the county. 

In addition, Wilson is responsible for managing the county's debt portfolio. 

Before working for Alameda County, Wilson worked for the state Administrative Office of the Court, overseeing juvenile court improvement initiatives. 

Wilson has a master's degree and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and is a member of the state bar. 

Superior Court Presiding Judge C. Don Clay said, "Ms. Wilson is an absolutely outstanding individual who has had an outstanding career in public service. She is exceptionally well qualified and possesses all the necessary skills to take on this vitally important role."