Percy Heckendorff - 2010 Honoree

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One of the longest tenured district attorneys in Santa Barbara.  He served from 1931-1942.  Percy went on to a distinguished career in state government.  In 1960 appointed superior Court Judge.  After admittance to the California Bar, he returned to Santa Barbara   and joined the firm of Heaney, Price, Postel. Today Price, Postel and Parma is the oldest law firm in Santa Barbara. Heckendorff secured his first term as DA in the November 1930 election and would go on to be elected twice more. Entering office at the height of the Great Depression, he was forced to operate the office on a shoestring for several years. In 1942 Heckendorff left the DA’s office after his appointment by Governor Earl Warren to head the Department of Professional and Vocational Standards, the state’s primary licensing agency. In 1946 he returned to Santa Barbara and resumed private practice until Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown named him to theSuperior Court bench. Heckendorff was also involved in the community. He served on the City Council, on the City Water Commission, and had been active in seeing the Lake Cachuma project through to completion. He retired from the bench in 1968 but continued to periodically hear cases. He was presiding over a murder trial when he suffered the stroke that ultimately took his life early in 1975.





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