Gov. Roy Cooper nominated Craig Croom to serve as a special Superior Court judge.
Croom currently serves as a District Court Judge in Wake County, and his nomination will have to be confirmed by the General Assembly. Cooper sent lawmakers a letter last week announcing the nomination.
“Judge Croom’s experiences in the courtroom and in law enforcement give him a thorough understanding of our justice system,” Cooper said in a Tuesday news release. “I appreciate his continued service to North Carolina and am confident that he is well qualified to serve in this role.”
The vacancy for which Croom was nominated was created March 6.
Special Superior Court judges are not required to live in the district they hold court (they can be sent to anywhere in the state) and they are appointed by the governor to five-year terms. Some special Superior Court judges are also appointed to hear business court cases.
The judges have the same power and authority as a regular Superior Court judge. Their starting salary is also the same, $132,584, according to the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.
Croom previously served as an administrative law judge, a special Superior Court judge, an assistant district attorney and a Wake County sheriff’s deputy. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Central University School of Law.