Former prosecutor Lisa Gamoian’s successful judicial campaign last year centered on a basic message — if elected, she’d be tough on crime.
As she starts her career as a Fresno County Superior Court judge, however, she’ll have to content herself with being tough on landlords and tenants.
Prior to the judicial election to replace retiring Judge Robert Oliver, court officials decided that the winning candidate in the race between Gamoian and Rachel Hill would be assigned to Department 404 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and Department 97A on Thursday and Friday.
Those departments generally handle cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, small claims matters and civil cases.
Gamoian this week was sworn in, and will begin hearing cases after she completes a brief orientation.
Judges at times rotate court duties based on numerous factors including judicial vacancies and workload, so Gamoian may not be in her current assignment forever.
But there’s no telling when — or if — she’ll become a criminal court judge.