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Charlestown appoints municipal court judge

May 3, 2011

CHARLESTOWN -- The Town Council moved on a decision to hire a municipal court judge for the town at the April 20 meeting. The council voted unanimously to appoint Margaret Steele to the position.

She also serves as the municipal judge in Hopkinton, which she has done for two terms, and as the assistant municipal court judge in Westerly. She has been a private practicing attorney in Westerly for nearly 15 years, too, along with previously serving as Town Solicitor in Hopkinton and its police department's prosecutor.

“I have a lot of municipal and private practice experience and I think I could be a good fit here in Charlestown,” Steele said.

She added that she does not expect that there will be any conflicts between her two roles as municipal judge in Hopkinton and Charlestown as they are both in the Chariho Regional School District. But should one occur, she said it is easily handled.

Steele was recommended by Town Administrator William DiLibero, who worked with her during his tenure in Hopkinton.

“Attorney Steele has served as the municipal court judge in Hopkinton since its inception in 2007,” he wrote in his memorandum recommending Steele's appointment. “She is well experienced in the tasks needed to commence and maintain the operation of a municipal court.”

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