Columbia County Chief Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine announced Friday that he will not seek re-election.
The decision, Christine said, is based on information that he’ll likely be activated and deployed through the Georgia Army National Guard in 2012.
Christine, a National Guard lieutenant colonel, is a Judge Advocate General officer. He was activated and deployed to Iraq for 14 months in 2003 and 2004.
Christine served four years as associate magistrate before being appointed to fill the nearly four remaining years of former Chief Magistrate J. Wade Padgett’s term in February 2009. That term ends Dec. 31, 2012.