MARTINEZ -- The head of Contra Costa's court system, Kiri Torre, will retire at the end of this month and be replaced by her husband, according to a Contra Costa Superior Court statement.

Torre, who has worked in court administration for more than 30 years in Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Los Angeles, took over the Contra Costa courts in 2008 after her husband Ken left. Ken Torre, who retired in 2008 after 12 years at the helm, will serve as interim CEO starting July 8, the court statement said.

"Kiri has been an outstanding CEO, leading our court brilliantly through some of the toughest times in branch history," said Barry Goode, presiding judge of the Contra Costa Superior Court. "She has been a tireless and effective advocate for our court and the judicial branch."

Since retiring, Ken Torre has been teaching court administration at Sacramento State University.

"We could not ask for a better interim leader," Goode said, "and we deeply appreciate the dedication to our court that has moved Ken to come back."

Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.



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