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Contra Costa Superior Court hires new chief executive

Former deputy Kate Bieker takes helm after serving county for 11 years

The Contra Costa County Superior Court has a new court executive officer, with former deputy Kate Bieker taking the reins as of Monday.

Appointed by the court's Executive Committee, Bieker now handles all administrative duties of managing the court's non-judiciary operations, such as budget and acting as a liaison to other government agencies. She replaces Stephen H. Nash, who retired after serving five years in the position.

”The court is grateful for the stewardship Stephen Nash has provided in the past few years,” Presiding Judge Jill Fannin said. “As we move forward, I am confident we have found in Kate Bieker the perfect person to lead our court through any challenges we may see in the years ahead.”

Bieker is expected to hit the ground running, already managing many of the responsibilities of the CEO while she worked as deputy executive officer presiding over most county court operations for the past two years.

In her 11 years with the court, Bieker has distinguished herself as an administrator who is greatly respected by her colleagues, court officials said.

A Contra Costa County native, Bieker joined the court in January 2007 as a human resources manager. She soon transitioned to the court collections unit as collections manager and later as a senior financial services manager for the court’s fiscal unit. In 2013, she was promoted to director over the court’s traffic and criminal divisions in addition to branch court operations.

Bieker distinguished herself among her peers while working on the court’s traffic unit last year, officials said.

During that time, one of her key responsibilities was ensuring that the county was in compliance with the the state’s amnesty program for traffic citations, which began in 2015 and ended in March 2017. While working on the unit, she and her team saw approximately $8 million in debt forgiveness on traffic incidents in Contra Costa County, according to a traffic division report Bieker published last November.

“Ms. Bieker has overseen the re-engineering of traffic case processing and has found creative ways to improve efficiencies in nearly all areas of court operations at a time when the Court was facing low staffing and limited funding for trial court operations,” court officials said in a statement. “Ms. Bieker has consistently provided energy and leadership within all areas of her responsibility.”

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