Governor Newsom Appoints Two New Shasta County Superior Court Judges


SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom announced in a group press release Friday his appointments of two new Superior Court Judges in Shasta County that also listed 15 other judicial appointments throughout California.

Benjamin Hanna, a Shasta County Democrat, was appointed to serve as a Judge in the Shasta County Superior Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Cara Beatty.

Hanna previously served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General since 2023.

He also previously served in several roles at the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2023, including Chief Deputy District Attorney since July 2017, second in command to District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, and previously as a Senior Deputy District Attorney.

Hanna earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Kathryn Jeannie Barton, a native of Siskiyou County and also a Democrat, was also appointed to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Daryl Kennedy.

Since 2018, Barton served as Assistant Public Defender, second in command at the Shasta County Public Defender’s Office.

Previously, Barton served as a Deputy Public Defender at the Siskiyou County Public Defender’s Office from 2012 to 2015 and prior to that was in the Solano County Public Defender’s Office from 1992 to 2012.

Barton earned a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor degree from the New College of California School of Law.


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George Winship

George Winship is a long-time Shasta County resident with a wide range of professional and community experience. After earning a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, he joined the Redding Record Searchlight as an award-winning reporter, and was the paper’s first business editor. He worked as a district field representative for Senator Maurice Johannessen, and later became editor of the Anderson Valley Post. Winship is a former Shasta County Grand Jury member. He owns and operates The Village Wordsmith, where he edits and rewrites clients’ book manuscripts, and works as a researcher and freelance feature writer. He can be reached at gwinship@shasta.com.

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