The Hon. Donald J. Currier is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2010 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He is a registered Republican.
Judge Currier graduated with his B.A. in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento in 1984. He went on to earn his J.D. from Lincoln Law School in 1990. Currier then received his M.S. in military strategic studies from the United States Army War College in 2003.
Judge Currier devoted most of his adult life to the service of his country. In 1976, he began his military career as an enlisted military police soldier in the United States Army. Four years later, he received his commission from the California State University Sacramento Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1982. His career as a Military Police Officer would span three decades, where Currier would maintain continuous upward mobility through the ranks. Some of his many assignments included serving as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 185th Military Police Battalion in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, and as the 49th Military Police Battalion Commander for the unit's deployment in Operation Noble Eagle. Currier was promoted to Brigadier General in October 2008. In 2011, he was appointed to serve as Commanding General of the Army National Guard, where he was tasked with the oversight of 17,000 soldiers. He has also received numerous awards and commendations for his service. Some of these include the Bronze Star, the Meritious Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Some of Currier's civilian positions included working as a police detective for the Sacramento Police Department for several years beginning in 1984 and as a deputy district attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office from 1991 to 1996. Currier also served as staff counsel for the California Department of Veterans Affairs, a chief deputy director for then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Office of Criminal Justice Planning, and as chief legal counsel for the California State Lottery. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Currier had served as chief legal counsel for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2007 to 2008 and as the chief deputy inspector general for the California Office of the Inspector General, a position he would hold until his appointment to the bench two years later.
During his time on the bench, Judge Currier has served as the Supervising Judge for the Carol Miller Justice Center.
M.S. from The United States Army War College (2003) (Military Strategic Studies)
J.D. from Lincoln Law School (1990)
B.A. from California State University, Sacramento (1984) (Criminal Justice)
Commanding General at Army National Guard (from 2011)
Chief Deputy Inspector General at Office of the Inspector General, State of California (2008 to 2010)
Chief Legal Counsel at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (2007 to 2008)
Chief Legal Counsel at California Lottery (2006 to 2007)
Chief Deputy Director at Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2004 to 2006)
Staff Counsel at California Department of Veterans Affairs (2003 to 2004)
Director at California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (1999 to 2000)
Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Director at Sacramento County District Attorney's Office (1995 to 1999)
Counsel at Assembly Committee on Public Safety (1994 to 1995)
Deputy District Attorney at Sacramento County District Attorney's Office in Sacramento County, California (1991 to 1996)
Police Detective at Sacramento Police Department in Sacramento County, California (1984 to 1991)
Military Police Soldier at United States Army (from 1976)