Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that he is appointing Chad K. Alvaro to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court.

Alvaro, 41, was appointed to the judgeship resigned by Christi L. Underwood, who announced her retirement in December and left the job on Feb. 1.

Alvaro is board-certified in construction law and is a shareholder with law firm Mateer & Harbert, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and his law degree from Capital Law School.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Alvaro has served as the director of the Maitland Art and History Association from 2005 to 2012 and as the director of the Downtown YMCA from 2011 to present.

Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit Court covers Orange and Osceola counties.

There are currently 65 judges serving in the circuit, which receives over 590,000 new cases annually.

Underwood was re-elected to the judgeship in 2016 without opposition.

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