Gov. Pete Wilson appointed three attorneys to the Municipal Court and elevated a Municipal Court judge to Superior Court on Tuesday, filling four judicial vacancies.
Harbor Municipal Judge Frederick P. Horn, 50, will replace retired Superior Court Judge Richard J. Beacom.
The three new Municipal Court judges are Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Joy Markman, 43; Anaheim lawyer Thomas J. Borris, 39; and Santa Ana attorney Charles Margines, 43.
A native of Rochester, Minn., Horn was a reserve police officer in Lompoc before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a Santa Monica police officer.
He earned his law degree in 1974 from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law then worked for the Los Angeles district attorney's office. As a prosecutor he worked in the gang unit and the unit handling crimes against police officers. He prosecuted the well-publicized 1983 case involving 18 defendants from two Los Angeles street gangs who terrorized convenience store owner James Hawkins. Horn got 17 convictions in that case.
Horn also prosecuted eight people accused in the slaying of Fullerton Police Officer Tommy De La Rosa, who was killed during an undercover drug sting.
Gov. George Deukmejian had appointed Horn to the Municipal Court in Orange County in 1990.
Markman and Borris, a former prosecutor in Orange County, were both appointed to the West Municipal Court in Westminster.
Margines, who worked as a deputy public defender before going into private practice, will serve in Central Orange Municipal Court in Santa Ana.
As a Superior Court judge, Horn will earn $99,927 annually. Municipal Court judges make $90,680 a year.