Four lawyers recommended for Macon circuit judgeship

awomack@macon.comJanuary 16, 2014 

The list of lawyers under consideration to fill a Superior Court judgeship has been narrowed to four.

Members of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed nine people Wednesday for the post vacated at the end of 2013 by Judge S. Phillip Brown. Brown had been chief judge of the Macon Judicial Circuit.

The commission released a short list of lawyers Thursday who were recommended to Gov. Nathan Deal for consideration. The governor will conduct another round of interviews before making an appointment.

Lawyers on the shortlist include: Jonathan A. Alderman, managing partner at Macon’s Anderson, Walker & Reichert law firm; Verda M. Colvin, an assistant U.S. attorney; Sandra G. Matson, an assistant district attorney in the Macon circuit; and Barbara G. Parker, an assistant U.S. attorney.

The circuit, which spans Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties, is operating with four judges until Brown’s replacement is named by the governor.

Chief Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self said a senior judge, a retired Superior Court judge, is scheduled to handle Brown’s cases during the February trial term if a new judge hasn’t been appointed.

The last judge appointed to the bench, Judge Philip Raymond, was appointed in 2012, a little less than a month and a half after then-Chief Judge Martha Christian’s retirement.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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