Ron DeSantis Names Two New Judges in South Florida

At the end of last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced two judicial appointments: one to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Palm Beach County Court.

John Parnofiello, of Jupiter, was named to serve as a judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

Parnofiello has served as a judge on the Palm Beach County Court since his appointment by DeSantis in 2021. Previously, he served as an Assistant State Attorney for five years in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Florida. Parnofiello fills the judicial vacancy created by the elevation of Justice Renatha Francis.

Stephanie Tew, of Palm Beach Gardens, was named to serve as a judge on the Palm Beach County Court.

Tew has served as Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution since 2011. Previously, she served as an Associate at the Law Firm of Cindy Goldstein and as Assistant State Attorney in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Tew fills the judicial vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Melanie Surber.

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