Gov. DeSantis announces four judicial appointments

government Ron DeSantis has announced four judicial appointments, including one in the First Judicial Circuit Court, two in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Court, and one in the Pinellas County Court.

The DeSantis appointments include Thomas Williams to the judge of the First Judicial Court of Florida, which includes Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

Williams, who is from Pensacola, has been an Assistant State Attorney on the First Judicial Circuit since 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and his law degree from the Florida Coastal. Williams is filling a new justice vacancy created by Florida lawmakers.

DeSantis was appointed in the Fourteenth District in Bay County Russell Roberts and Brandon Young. Both will fill new positions in the judiciary created by the Florida Legislature.

Roberts, who is from Marianna, has been a partner at Roberts, Roberts & Roberts Attorneys at Law since 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and his law degree from the University of Mississippi.

Young, of Bonifay, has served as the County Chief Assistant State Attorney for Holmes County in the 14th District Court since 2009. He has also served as General Counsel of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners since 2017.

Young received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and his law degree from the University of Florida.

Eventually, DeSantis appointed Diane Croff of St. Petersburg to be a judge on the Pinellas County Court.

Croff has served as Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office since 2011.

She has also served as a Judge Advocate with the United States Coast Guard (Reserve) since 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and her law degree from Suffolk University.

Croff fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of the judge Myra Scott McNary.


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