Last spring Gina Raimondo was forwarded five finalists by the Judicial Nominating commission for the Family Court Chief Judge Position.
Upon the upcoming return of the General Assembly on September 19th, Raimondo appointed the current Family Court magistrate Felix “Feidlim” Gill to the Rhode Island Family Court bench. The other finalists included- Magistrates Paul T. Jones, Charles J. Levesque, Angela B. Paulhus and Jane F. Howlett.
Gill, the brother-in-law of Senate Majority Leader Michael J McCaffrey, was selected in 2013 by the then Family Court Chief Judge Bedrosian to be the family court magistrate. Prior to 2013 Gill held the position of assistant attorney general in charge of Narcotics and organized crime unit in Providence. Gill earned his law degree from the Suffolk University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island. He has instructed Johnson & Whales University students and trained local and state police officers on juvenile justice.
“Feidlim brings almost two decades of legal experience to the bench, including serving the past four years as a Family Court magistrate. I am confident that he will treat everyone who comes before him with compassion and respect” Raimondo said
The fulfillment of the Chief Judge position has now opened the $148,460-a-year magistrate position for a new appointee.
Source: Providence Journal “Raimondo elevates Family Court magistrate to Judge” September 1, 2017