Appointments

altJudge William H. Mills (at left) was sworn-in as judge of the State Court of Early County on September 9 by Gov. Nathan Deal. Judge Mills fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Thomas Baxley to the Superior Court bench.

  • Gov. Nathan Deal named several judges and others to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group on September 7. The appointments included:
 

Chief Judge Steve Teske, Juvenile Court of Clayton County;
Presiding Judge LeRoy Burke, Juvenile Court of Chatham County;
Nicole Berger, Prevention Educator, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy;
Jay Sanders, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry;
Tim Burkhalter, Floyd County Sheriff;
Adolphus Graves, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Fulton County Juvenile Court;
Joe Vignati, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Community Services for the Department of Juvenile Justice;
Melissa Carter, Director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University Law School;
Polly McKinney, Advocacy Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children;
Lisa Kinchen, Publisher/Editor, Southern Journal Magazine;
Ryan Newallo, Fayette County High School student;
Alexis James, Sandy Creek High School student;
Emily White, senior, Georgia College and State University.

• On October 16, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Tracy J. “TJ” BeMent, 10th District Court Administrator to the Criminal Justice Reform Council.
 

• On October 29, Gov. Nathan Deal announced three new appointments to the Court of Appeals of Georgia:
 

Judge Amanda H. Mercier, Superior Court, Appalachian Judicial Circuit;
Nels S.D. Peterson, Vice Chancellor for legal affairs and secretary to the Board of Regents;
Brian M. Rickman,
District Attorney, Moutnain Judicial Circuit.

See "Meet New Court of Appeals Judges" article.

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