Clark County Superior Court has appointed Stefanie Ellis as court commissioner, filling the position vacated by Jennifer Snider who was appointed in April as superior court judge.
Ellis has practiced law since 2007 and served as assistant city attorney for Vancouver, where she prosecuted criminal misdemeanor and domestic violence cases. She was judge pro tem for Clark County District Court and most recently has been owner and partner for Priest and Ellis, PLLC, according to a county news release and Ellis’ website.
Her practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, modifications and child support.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected, especially given the extremely strong candidate pool. I am excited to serve my profession and community in this role,” Ellis said in an email Friday.
Twenty people applied for the court commissioner position, said Jessica Gurley, superior court administrator.
“It was an open and competitive process,” Gurley said. “The judges commented it was the (most competitive) pool that they’ve had in the last 15 years.”
Candidates were screened and narrowed down to five for interviews with the entire superior court bench May 30.