Tony Mallery, the Lassen County Superior Court’s presiding judge, left, administers to the oath of office to Mark Nareau at a ceremony held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. Mallery told Nareau, who was appointed to the bench Friday, Dec. 22 by California Governor Jerry Brown, “This is your moment. Enjoy it.” Photo by Lynne Sella

Judge Nareau takes the oath of office

Lassen County has a new superior court judge.

On Friday, Dec. 22, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of 33 superior court judges across the state — among them Susanville attorney Mark R. Nareau, 61, who was appointed to a judgeship in the Lassen County Superior Court.

“I am real humbled by all the support I had locally, and I’m certainly thankful to the governor for having the confidence to appoint me,” Nareau said Dec. 22 after Brown announced his appointment.

Nareau said he’s looking forward to assuming his new responsibilities as judge.

”I’m just going to work very hard for the citizens of Lassen County,” Nareau said.

Tony Mallery, Lassen County Superior Court’s presiding judge administered the oath of office Thursday, Dec. 28 before a capacity, standing-room only crowd at the Lassen County Hall of Justice as Nareau was surrounded by his family.

After taking the oath, Nareau’s wife and mother helped him don his robe, and Nareau thanked them and called them his heroes.

According to the governor’s announcement, before his term as district attorney in 1991 and 1992, Nareau had several years in private practice. Since his tenure as DA, he has been a sole practitioner.

In addition, from 1987 to 1998, Nareau served as the special prosecutor for the Lassen County Prison Prosecution Program from 1987 to 1998 and was a deputy district attorney at the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office from 1984 to 1986.

According to the governor’s statement, Nareau earned juris doctor and bachelor of laws degrees from the Western State University College of Law. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michele Verderosa in June last year.
According to the governor’s statement, Nareau is registered without party preference.

Lynne Sella contributed to this report.

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  • Congratulations Mark. Your appointment from the governor to a judgeship at the Lassen County Superior Court speaks volumes to your incredible career as an attorney. I still miss your incredible Little Italy servings of individual justice – so to speak – and am wondering if in your downtime it would be possible for a rejuvenation of that practice to be adjudicated!

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