Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Sabrina Ahrens, who has more than 17 years of legal experience in Western Washington, to the Pierce County Superior Court. She succeeds Judge Susan Serko, who is retiring on Aug. 31.

Ahrens currently serves as court commissioner for the Pierce County Superior Court, where she presides over a variety of civil and criminal hearings. She also worked for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 14 years as deputy prosecuting attorney and served as pro tem judge for the Olympia and Lakewood Municipal Courts.

“In just over two years at the Pierce County Superior Court, Commissioner Ahrens has earned the respect of her colleagues and the confidence of those who have appeared before her,” Inslee stated. “Her professional experience and connection to the Pierce County community make her a great fit for this position.”

In addition to her legal work, Ahrens is an active member of her community. She served as vice chair for the March of Dimes South Sound Board of Directors and sat on the Girl Scouts Totem Council Board of Directors.