BELLINGHAM — The new Whatcom County Superior Court judge recently named by Gov. Jay Inslee will be sworn in on Thursday, Feb. 13.

  David E. Freeman will take the oath of office in a 4 p.m. ceremony in County Council chambers on the first floor of the courthouse, 311 Grand Ave. This is open to the public.

  Freeman, appointed by Inslee in January, joins sitting judges Lee Grochmal, Robert Olson and Deborra Garrett.

  The vacancy occurred when Raquel Montoya-Lewis was named by Inslee to the Washington State Supreme Court in December.

  Freeman has worked the past nine years for the Washington State Employee Security Department as a review judge in the Commissioner’s Review Office.

  Previous, Freeman was an attorney for over five years in Whatcom County. He worked as senior and special deputy prosecuting attorney in the county Prosecutor’s Office, and he also served as a judicial officer in a number of courts throughout Western Washington for several years. 

  “For several years, David has gained judicial experience,” said Inslee at his nomination of Freeman. “We have heard from many people who have appeared before him, and each of those people spoke highly of his talent and demeanor from the bench.”

  Freeman received his law degree from the Willamette University College of Law and his bachelor’s  degree from Western Washington University.