Juliet Britton moves from a state job to succeed John Mercer, who retires Dec. 31 after more than 20 years of service to Beaverton.

Juliet Britton will succeed John Mercer as presiding judge of Beaverton Municipal Court.COURTESY JULIET BRITTON - Juliet Britton starts Jan. 1 as Beaverton Municipal Court judge. She succeeds John Mercer, who is retiring after more than 20 years of city service.

Britton, 45, has been executive director of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board since June 2013, and has worked at that agency since 2010.

She also has been a compliance specialist for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The city council approved her appointment on Dec. 19. She was chosen from a field of 27 applicants; seven were interviewed.

Britton earned a bachelor's degree in 1994 from the University of Colorado, and her law degree in 1998 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

From 1999 until 2004, she was a lawyer for the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army.

Mercer retires Dec. 31 after more than 20 years of city service. He became a part-time judge in 1996 and has been a full-time judge for the past nine years, coinciding with city implementation of red-light cameras. New legislation that took effect Oct. 5 also allows cities to use the cameras to issue speeding tickets if the speed is 11 miles per hour over the limit.

Before then, he was a Yamhill County prosecutor for 17 years.

Municipal courts hear cases involving violations of traffic and city codes, and some misdemeanors. They do not hear felony cases, which are left to circuit courts operated by the state and housed by counties.

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