Heather Williams, first assistant federal public defender in the U.S. judicial District of Arizona, has been named the federal public defender in the Sacramento-based Eastern District of California.
She will assume her new post May 6, according to a news release from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which quotes circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski as making the announcement.
Williams, 56, joined the Arizona office in 1994, and has had the second-ranking position there since 2006.
"Ms. Williams is a well experienced defense lawyer and a proven administrator," the release quotes Kozinski as saying. "We are fortunate to have someone of her qualifications assume this important office in one of our busiest districts."
Federal circuit courts appoint federal defenders in the districts covered by that circuit. The 9th Circuit is made up of nine western states and two Pacific island territories. The appointments are for renewable four-year terms.
The annual salary for the position is $155,500. Williams succeeds Daniel Broderick, who retired Dec. 31.