TALLAHASSEE – Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed two new judges to the Escambia
Amy P. Brodersen of Pensacola was appointed to
the bench to fill the opening left by Judge Thomas V. Dannheisser, who was appointed
to the Circuit Court.
Most recently, Brodersen has served as
general counsel for the Pensacola Police Department, having held that position
“Amy was a valuable asset to our department,” David Alexander, chief of
police at the Pensacola Police Department, recently told the Florida
Record. “Her services to our
department administration and its officers will be truly missed. We know she
will make an awesome judge. She's fair, firm and highly motivated.”
Brodersen received her law degree from Florida
Coastal School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of South
"Amy gave supportive advice that helped decision-making for both administrative staff and the patrol officers," Alexander said. "She also rendered legal opinions that helped us manage the liability risk associated with modern-day policing. She helped the police, police the police, We experienced a reduction in complaints of misconduct and appears to be more transparent to the citizens we serve."
serving as general counsel for the Pensacola
Police Department, Brodersen worked as an
assistant state attorney for the First Judicial Circuit from 2005-2012.
Kerra A. Smith, also of Pensacola, was appointed as a judge to the
Escambia County Court to replace Judge
Darlene F. Dickey, who was appointed to the Circuit Court. Smith will leave her
post as the assistant county attorney for the Escambia County Board of County
Commissioners, where she has served since 2013
“Kerra Smith handled a variety of local
government law issues during her tenure as an assistant county attorney,”
Alison Rogers, Escambia county attorney, recently
told the Florida Record.
Rogers was Smith’s supervisor.
“She always exhibited an exemplary work ethic and an unmatched
work product,” Rogers said. “She is a perfect fit for the judiciary.”
Rogers said Smith represented the
county's interests in all of the growth management and land use issues facing
“She also dealt with many employment law matters, including employee disciplinary appeals, employee policies and administrative
matters," Rogers said.
her law degree from Florida State
University and her bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida.
to her role as the assistant county
attorney for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, Smith held the
position of assistant general counsel for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners
from 2012-2013. From 2010-2012, she served as assistant general counsel for the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Smith also was an assistant state
attorney for the First Judicial Circuit from 2006-2010.
natives, Smith and Brodersen were partners for almost two years at the State
In an interview in the Pensacola News Journal, the two said it
was an honor to be able to use their experience and knowledge to serve in their