FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown filled a longtime vacant Solano County judgeship Friday with the appointment of Christine A. Carringer.
Carringer, 59, of Fairfield, has worked for the Sacramento law firm of Katchis Harris and Yempuku since 2009. The firm is referred to on some professional directories as the law firm for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Carringer, a Republican, previously worked for the law firms of Porter Scott from 1987 to 1989, Segal and Kirby from 1989 to 1994, Knox Ricksen LLP from 1995 to 2005 and Powers and Miller from 2006 to 2009.
Carringer was convicted in 2004 of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
After her arrest by a California Highway Patrol officer in Solano County, Carringer’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent when she was booked into the Solano County jail, according to court records. Carringer paid a $1,478 fine and completed a first-offender DUI program in 2005.
DUI laws were stiffened in 2006 to make driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content above 0.15 percent an aggravated offense subjecting the offender to greater punishment.
Carringer earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Carringer fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Allan P. Carter earlier this year in Vallejo. Carter retired on a Friday and returned to the bench the next Monday in the role of visiting judge.
Carter, who oversaw a criminal caseload during a tenure on the bench that started in 1989, had been slated to start handling family law matters in January.
The annual pay for a judgeship position is $181,292.
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