Gov. DeSantis appoints four to Hillsborough County Court

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Since his election, DeSantis has now made 150 judicial appointments.

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed several judges to Hillsborough and Pasco County courts Monday, including several who will fill new vacancies created by the Florida Legislature.

Since his election, DeSantis has now made 150 judicial appointments.

DeSantis appointed four judges: Leslie Schultz-Kin, Jeffrey Rich, Joseph Tompkins and Michael Hooi.

Schultz-Kin will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joelle Ann Ober. She has served as Chief Assistant Attorney General and Bureau Chief in the Tampa Civil Litigation Bureau of the Attorney General since 2020.

Previously, Schultz-Kin served as counsel with Akerman, LLP for seven years and as an associate and shareholder at Carlton Fields, P.A. for seven years. She is also a Guardian ad Litem. Schultz-Kin received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, her master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Rich, who has served as a sole practitioner since 2008, will fill one of the new vacancies created by the Florida Legislature.

Previously, he served as an assistant public defender in the 12th Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Florida Coastal.

Tompkins will also fill one of the new vacancies created by the Legislature, having served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida since 2018.

Previously, he served as a senior law clerk on the 2nd District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Ave Maria University.

Hooi, who will also be filling such a vacancy, served as an associate attorney at Stichter, Riedel, Blain, & Postler, P.A. since 2009.

Previously, he served as a law clerk and staff attorney to Judge Charles R. Wilson from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Florida.

In Pasco County, DeSantis appointed Dustin Anderson to serve as Judge on the County Court.

Anderson will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William G. Sestak.

Anderson has served as an assistant state attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit since 2018. Previously, he served as the supervising attorney for the Pasco County Offices of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel from 2007 until 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his law degree from the University of Florida.

With the addition of these appointments, DeSantis has made 150 total judicial appointments.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]



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