Local attorney Mike Mitchell has been appointed part-time, acting court commissioner for Walla Walla County Superior Court.
Mitchell will replace Scott Wolfram, who was elected in August to succeed Judge Donald W. Schacht, who is retiring at the end of his term in January.
Mitchell’s appointment was announced Thursday by Schacht and the county’s other Superior Court judge, John Lohrmann, in a news release.
Mitchell’s salary will continue at Wolfram’s current annual rate of $29,331.36.
The court commissioner’s duties include presiding over weekly uncontested dissolutions and domestic violence dockets, and bi-weekly paternity dockets.
The commissioner also considers petitions for temporary protection orders on a daily basis and substitutes for the regular Superior Court judges when needed.
Mitchell has practiced law in Walla Walla since 1978, and still will operate his law practice at 129 W. Main St. His practice includes general civil law, litigation and mediations.
In recent years, he also has served as judge pro tem in Superior Court.
In January, Wolfram and Mitchell will attend a mandatory judicial college in Bellevue for the state’s recently elected or appointed judges and court commissioners.