The Hon. Richard R. Monroy is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County. He was elected to the bench in 2010.
Monroy earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, San Diego in 1985. He then received a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1988.
He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Earl B. Gilliam of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He then joined the Office of the District Attorney of San Diego County as a deputy district attorney. During his twenty-one year tenure there, he prosecuted drug cartel homicides; murders, rapes, and child molestations, as well as major narcotics and complex conspiracy cases. He led large-scale narcotics operations, serving as Chief of the Gang Unit, Chief of the Special Operations Division, and Assistant Chief of the North County Unit. He also helped establish the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.
Monroy taught as an instructor for the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Diego Police Department, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
He served as president and vice-president of the San Diego County Deputy District Attorneys Association.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles County. His father served in the United States Air Force.