Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Macon attorney Jeffrey B. Hanson to become Bibb Countys second State Court judge.
The governor announced Hansons appointment Friday, according to a news release.
Hanson said he was driving back from a probate hearing in Putnam County about 1:30 p.m. Friday when his cellphone rang. He had been talking with someone else when the phone lost its signal and disconnected.
Then the phone rang. Initially, he thought it was the person hed been talking with.
Instead, the governor was on the line offering him the judgeship.
I told him I was thrilled and I hoped he would be pleased with my performance, Hanson said.
Only about halfway back to Macon, Hanson spent the rest of his drive calling his family, co-workers and friends.
Im excited, Hanson said Friday afternoon. He said hes been humbled at the incredible outpouring of support hes received while being considered for the position.
The states Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed nine applicants July 3 and recommended Hanson and Macon lawyer Thomas David Mann to the governor for further consideration.
Hanson, 47, is a managing partner at Sell & Melton LLP specializing in civil litigation, including probate, business, medical malpractice and personal injury cases. He has been at the firm since 1990.
Hanson received his undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University and a law degree at the University of Georgia.
He is a member of Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church and was appointed this year as a civilian member of the Macon Police Internal Affairs Review Committee.
Hanson lives in Macon with his wife and two children.
A workload assessment performed in 2012 by the Council of State Court Judges showed that Bibb County had enough work for 2.22 full-time judges.
After Judge J. Taylor Phillips death last year, State Court Judge William P. Adams told county commissioners he needed a second full-time judge. Phillips had been handling civil and misdemeanor criminal cases part-time.
Information about when Hanson will be sworn into office has not been released.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.