SACRAMENTO — Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday filled two vacancies in Orange County Superior Court, naming an Irvine attorney to the bench and elevating a Municipal Court judge.
David T. McEachen, a jurist in Orange County Municipal Court for four years, will replace Judge Donald McCartin, who has retired. H. Warren Siegel, an attorney with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, will assume the spot of retired Judge Robert Todd.
McEachen, 51, worked as an attorney for Cook Brothers Community Bank in Pasadena from 1979 until his appointment in 1990 to the Municipal Court, where he served a recent stint as presiding judge in the Fullerton branch.
During his time on the bench, McEachen has pushed for construction of more jail cells in Orange County to alleviate the chronic overcrowding that has forced authorities to routinely release misdemeanor offenders to make room for more serious criminals. McEachen has advocated using the El Toro and Tustin Marine Corps air stations, which are set for closure, as jail sites.