Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 | 12:48 p.m.
A Las Vegas native has been named chief judge of the North Las Vegas Justice Court, officials announced Monday.
North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Chris Lee will begin his two-year term as chief judge today and will oversee North Las Vegas Justice Court. He replaces former Chief Judge Natalie Tyrrell.
“It’s important North Las Vegas Justice Court be an effective and efficient organization, one that works for the people of North Las Vegas and Clark County,” Lee said in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of strong leadership that Judge Tyrrell provided.”
North Las Vegas Justice Court handles misdemeanors, traffic matters, felony arraignments, landlord-tenant disputes, small claims and civil disputes under $10,000.
Lee, who grew up in Southern Nevada and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, has been a justice of the peace since January 2009. Lee also serves as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Lee previously worked as deputy secretary of state for Southern Nevada and as a deputy district attorney for Clark County. Lee attended Occidental College and Santa Clara University Law School.
He is married with two children.