Gov. George Deukmejian on Thursday named Joseph F. DeVanon Jr. of San Marino a Municipal Court judge for the Glendale Judicial District.
DeVanon replaced Judge Charles Horan, who was elevated to Superior Court on Sept. 19.
"It's not the kind of thing you ever expect, so when it happens you're deeply appreciative for the governor's vote of confidence and the support of all the people along the way," said DeVanon, 40.
A Los Angeles County Municipal Court commissioner since March, 1986, DeVanon worked as a deputy public defender for Los Angeles County from 1977 to 1986. A 1972 graduate of the University of Southern California, he received his law degree from Western State University Law School in 1976.
DeVanon has lived in the San Gabriel Valley since 1953, when his family moved from Chicago. He and his wife, Madelyn, have three children: Joseph, 13, Laura, 10, and Nicole, 3.
Salary for municipal judges is $86,157 a year.