Governor receives three judicial short lists
10:02 am, September 26th, 2012
Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission has pared down a roster of 40 lawyers and judges to short lists for three judicial vacancies across the state. The commission met Monday and interviewed 17 applicants for Gwinnett County Superior Court to replace Judge William “Billy” Ray II, who was appointed this summer to the state Court of Appeals. The commission also interviewed 20 applicants to replace retiring Judge George Kreeger of the Cobb County Superior Court and three applicants for McIntosh County State Court to replace Judge Dale Jenkins, who is also retiring.
The short-listed nominees for Gwinnett County are Chief Magistrate George Hutchinson III, DeKalb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin, State Court Judge Randy Rich and Magistrate Robert Walker Jr. The finalists for Cobb County are State Court Judge Maria Golick, State Court Judge Rob Leonard II, Juvenile Court Judge Juanita Stedman and Mark VanderBoek, a partner at Troutman Sanders. The McIntosh County finalists are Jean Bolin, a partner at Bolin & West-Webster, and solo practitioner Adam Poppell.
The governor’s office will schedule interviews with the candidates, and the governor usually makes an appointment from the narrowed pool. Kathleen Baydala Joyner