Deal picks new judges in Cobb, Gwinnett and McIntosh
4:56 pm, November 7th, 2012
Governor Nathan Deal appointed three new judges today in Cobb, Gwinnett and McIntosh counties.
Cobb State Court Judge Robert Leonard II, who was first appointed to the bench in December 2010, will replace retired Cobb Superior Court Judge George Kreeger. Leonard earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky.
The other candidates suggested by Deal’s Judicial Nominating Committee for the Cobb post were State Court Judge Maria Golick, Juvenile Court Judge Juanita Stedman and Troutman Sanders partner Mark VanderBroek.
Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Judge George Hutchinson III will fill the Gwinnett Superior Court vacancy created by Judge William “Billy” Ray II’s appointment to the state Court of Appeals this summer. Hutchinson earned his law degree from Emory University.
The JNC’s other short listed candidates for the Gwinnett post were DeKalb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin, State Court Judge Randy Rich and Magistrate Robert Walker Jr.
Atlantic Circuit Juvenile Court Judge C. Jean Bolin will replace retiring Judge Dale Jenkins in McIntosh County State Court. Bolin was appointed to the juvenile court in 2006 and is also a partner at Bolin & West-Webster. She earned her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.
The other candidate recommended by the JNC for the McIntosh post was solo practitioner Adam Poppell III.