As expected, the Aberdeen City Council Wednesday evening unanimously confirmed Mayor Bill Simpson’s nomination of veteran pro tem judge Susan Solan as the new Municipal Court judge for Aberdeen.
As a pro tem, Solan often substitutes for the outgoing judge, Paul Conroy. She will begin her duties the first of the year.
The Municipal Court judge position is considered part time. The judge sets the court’s agenda, which is the busiest Municipal Court in Grays Harbor County. It is a four year term.
Solan thinks she is the first woman in memory to be appointed to the position.
“I can personally confirm that Susan, in a very technical sense, is absolutely the first woman appointed to serve as the Municipal Court judge,” said City Attorney Eric Nelson. Prior to 1984, Aberdeen had a police court, not a municipal court, he said. “We think it is highly unlikely that our police court ever had a female judge, but can’t confirm it.”
Solan noted she follows a line of judges. “My father-in-law, Jim Solan, was the judge years ago. Other attorneys who have held the position include Mike Spencer, Gordon Godfrey and John Farra,” she said.