Whitney Rivera Sworn In as Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Judge Whitney M. Rivera was sworn in as Snohomish County's newest Superior Court Judge, replacing Judge Anita Farris who retired on April 30. Rivera brings extensive experience as a public defender and Edmonds Municipal Court Judge to her new role.

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Whitney Rivera Sworn In as Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Whitney Rivera Sworn In as Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

On Thursday, May 10, 2024, Judge Whitney M. Rivera was officially sworn in as Snohomish County's newest Superior Court Judge by Washington State Chief Justice Steven Gonzalez. Rivera replaces Judge Anita Farris, who retired from the bench on April 30.

Why this matters: The appointment of a new Superior Court Judge can have a significant impact on the administration of justice in Snohomish County, influencing the outcomes of cases and shaping the community's perception of the legal system. As a representative of the judiciary, Judge Rivera's decisions will have far-reaching consequences for the people of Snohomish County, making her appointment a matter of public interest and importance.

Rivera served as Edmonds Municipal Court Judge for over three years, hearing all criminal matters, traffic infractions, and administrative appeals. She was first appointed to the Edmonds Municipal Court in 2020 and won an election in 2021 to retain her seat. Prior to her appointment, Rivera served as a public defender with the Snohomish County Public Defender Association for 12 years, handling misdemeanor and felony cases.

Throughout her career, Rivera has been recognized for her outstanding contributions, including the Presidential Award in 2023 from the District and Municipal Court Judges Association. In addition to her career in law and justice, Rivera has served on various boards, including the Edmonds College Foundation Board, the Hazel Miller Foundation Board, and the Edmonds Food Bank Board.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by nearly 200 people, including elected officials, attorneys, judges, community leaders, and members of the public. Notable attendees included Washington State Senator June Robinson, Snohomish County Sheriff Susanna Johnson, and Edmonds Mayor Mike Rosen.

Retired Judge Anita Farris praised Rivera's work as an attorney, stating, "Whitney was not a normal attorney, she was a super star. She tried case after case, bringing motion after motion, she was always attacking the toughest of issues." Judge Linda Coburn added, "Every step of her professional career, she has worked and tried to make the system better."

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee expressed his confidence in Rivera's appointment, saying, "I'm pleased that she will bring her integrity, work ethic, experience, and compassion to the Snohomish County Superior Court bench." In her remarks, Rivera thanked everyone and pledged to serve with humility and empathy while recognizing humanity.

Rivera's swearing-in marks a significant milestone as she assumes her new role on the Snohomish County Superior Court bench. With her extensive experience, recognized excellence, and commitment to justice, Rivera is poised to make a positive impact in her new position, serving theresidents of Snohomish Countywith fairness and compassion.