A new magistrate judge will start Wednesday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Wes Reber Porter replaces Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi, who retired at the end of March, the district court said in a news release Monday.

Porter has worked in various roles across federal legal branches, including as a senior trial attorney in the fraud section of the Department of Justice’s criminal division.

Between 2002 and 2006, he also served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, prosecuting crimes such as violent and drug offenses and white collar crimes.

Most recently, Porter served as the president and CEO of Damien Memorial School, a private college preparatory school in Kalihi, as well as teaching legal courses as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii’s law school.

Porter will begin his eight-year term on May 8.

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