Countywide : Wilson Names 3 to Municipal Court

Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday appointed three judges to Orange County Municipal Court.

Attorney Gail A. Andler will be a judge at Central Municipal Court in Santa Ana. Attorneys W. Michael Hayes and Robert H. Keefe will join North ty Municipal Court in Fullerton, according to Wilson’s office.

Each will be paid $95,214 yearly. Wilson made the appointments to fill vacancies on the court, where misdemeanor crimes are tried and preliminary hearings for felony crimes are held. The court also handles small claims.

Andler, 37, of Dana Point, has worked as legal counsel for the State Bar of California since 1989. She was a litigator for the State Bar for two years and has worked for private law firms and served three years as the deputy district attorney for Ventura County. She replaces Judge Edward Laird, who retired.


Keefe, 53, of Orange, has been a Superior Court Commissioner for Orange County since 1991. He practiced in Orange from 1975 to 1991 and worked for a private law firm from 1968 to 1976. He replaces Judge Margaret Anderson, who was elected to Harbor Municipal Court in Newport Beach.

Hayes, 43, of Orange, has practiced law in that city since 1979. Previously, he was a partner in two law firms. He also has served as a judge pro tem in Orange County Superior Court. He replaces Judge David McEachen, who was elevated to Superior Court.

Each judge will be up for general election in 1996.