Gayle Peron named SLO Superior Court’s newest judge

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday appointed long-serving San Luis Obispo Commissioner Gayle L. Peron to a Superior Court judgeship.

Peron was to be sworn in at the courthouse in a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

She has served as one of the local court’s three commissioners since 2006. Commissioners, who are employees of the court, hear traffic and other nonfelony cases.

Peron’s appointment completes the Superior Court’s full roster of 12 judges. She fills a bench seat left vacant since the retirement of Judge Earle J. Burke in December 2014.

Peron was an associate at a private law firm from 1979 to 1984 before starting a private practice and serving as a family law facilitator in San Luis Obispo beginning in 1998, according to a news release from the Governor’s Press Office. She earned a juris doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara. She is a Democrat.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court CEO Susan Matherly said Tuesday that Peron’s appointment now leaves a local commissioner position vacant.

The salary for Peron’s position is $189,041, according to the Governor’s Press Office.