Court LogoSuperior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 303
Stockton, CA 95202

PRESS RELEASE

July 5, 2005

The Judges of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County are pleased to announce the appointment of Deputy County Counsel Sheryle L. Sparks to the position of Superior Court Commissioner.

Ms. Sparks, 50, has been a deputy county counsel with the San Joaquin County Counsel's office since 2001. She has been legal counsel to several county departments including the Public Conservator/Guardian, Purchasing and Support Services, Community Development, Information Systems and counsel to the County Planning Commission. Prior to working with County Counsel, Ms Sparks was an associate attorney for five years with the Law Firm of Kenneth Meleyco and volunteered as a District Attorney Law Library Intern for approximately two years. She has also been a Registered Nurse since 1986 most recently working for the San Joaquin County Hospital as a Registered Staff Nurse III assigned to the Progressive Care Unit.

Sparks earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Pre-Law from the University of the Pacific and received honors as the Outstanding Graduate for Economics. She also graduated from Modesto Junior College with her Associate of Science degree and then went through the two year Registered Nursing program also at Modesto Junior College. She received and continues to maintain her nursing license from the state of California since 1986.

"We look forward to welcoming Sheryl to our bench", said Bob McNatt, Presiding Judge for the Superior Court. "I have no doubt that she will serve the citizens of this county in a fair and equitable manner."

"I have enjoyed serving the citizens of San Joaquin County both as an attorney and as a nurse," said Sparks. "I am honored to have been selected for this position by the judges and I look forward to serving in my new capacity as a commissioner."

Sparks assumes the position left vacant by Barbara A. Kronlund who was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in early April to the position of Superior Court Judge. The court still awaits judicial appointments by the governor for the replacements of James Hammerstone and K. Peter Saiers who both retired March 2005.

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