Ron DeSantis appoints new circuit, county judges

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Four new judges were named Friday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Craig DeThomasis to the 8th Circuit Court, Jason Nimeth to the Lake County Court, Heather Doyle to the Manatee County Court, and Lori Ann Winstead to the Polk County Court.

DeThomasis, 60, of Gainesville, has been a partner at DeThomasis and Buchanan for 29 years, a press release said.

During that time, he has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Florida teaching trial practice. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Florida.

DeThomasis fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Stanley Griffis.

Nimeth, 34, of Leesburg, is an Assistant State Attorney for the 5th Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Barry University School of Law. Nimeth fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Brian Welke.

Doyle, 43, of Lakewood Ranch, is the Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her law degree from Stetson University. Doyle fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Doug Henderson.

Winstead, 39, of Lakeland, is an Assistant State Attorney for the 13th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and her law degree from Barry School of Law.

Winstead fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Sharon Franklin.

Staff Reports


One comment

  • Rev. J. B. Dennis

    July 28, 2019 at 7:42 am

    How many were black ???

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