Max Wood of Macon, a former U.S. attorney and former candidate for Georgia attorney general, was named chief judge of the Office of State Administrative Hearings on Friday.
Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Wood to the board to replace Judge Lois Oakley, who retired. The governor’s office said Wood likely will take office Monday.
The Office of State Administrative Hearings is a court system for a number of state agencies.
Wood most recently ran as a Republican candidate for the attorney general post, picking up 29.5 percent of the vote in a three-way primary race. He worked as the U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Georgia for eight years. There, he prosecuted a child molestation case against Malachi York, leader of the United Nuwabian Nation of Moors.
He also spent time working to build a legal system in Iraq.