Gov. Jerry Brown appoints legal aide to appeals court
Gov. Jerry Brown wants one of his top aides on the bench.
The governor appointed Jim Humes, his executive secretary for legal affairs, administration and policy, to the 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday. Humes was also a key member of Brown's transition team, and he worked for Brown when he was attorney general.
Humes spent nearly two decades working at the California Department of Justice after moving to the state from Colorado.
Humes, a Democrat, would be the first openly gay justice on the Court of Appeal. His appointment requires confirmation from the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, the state attorney general and the senior presiding justice.
The position pays $204,599.
Humes was one of 12 judges Brown appointed Wednesday.
Photo: Jim Humes speaks with Gov. Jerry Brown in the Capitol in January 2011. Credit: Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee