Chico attorney named judge

Longtime public defender appointed by Gov. Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed longtime Chico attorney and public defender Denny Forland (pictured) to fill the seat of retiring Butte County Judge Gerald Hermansen.

The 59-year-old Forland has served as a public defender since 1990. Before that he was a deputy district attorney for the Butte County District Attorney’s Office from 1980 to 1984. From 1984 to 1990 he worked in a couple of law offices, including that of Joe VanDervoort, the self-proclaimed DUI King.

Forland received his law degree from McGeorge School of Law. Chico defense attorney Dennis Latimer said that Forland’s appointment is a good thing. “He’s worked in about every aspect of the law, and that is really a rare balance,” Latimer said. “He’s respected by both prosecutors and defense attorneys.”