The governor has selected veteran attorney Robert “Bo” Hunter III to be Richmond County’s newest State Court judge.
Gov. Nathan Deal picked Hunter to complete the term of Chief Judge Richard Slaby who retired at the end of July after 20 years on the State Court bench.
The governor called Hunter with the news Monday afternoon, Hunter said. “I talked with (Chief Judge David D.) Judge Watkins and Judge (Patricia Booker) and they want help as soon as possible,” Hunter said. Solicitor Omeeka Loggins told Hunter she already has a team together for him.
State Court handles misdemeanors, which include all traffic offenses and civil lawsuits.
Hunter said he hopes to be able to close out his law practice in a week or so. He said he has asked the governor to swear him in when that is finished.
“I hope to bring good changes working with my colleagues,” Hunter said.
Hunter will complete Slaby’s unfinished term. The judgeship is up for election in 2019.
Hunter ran for a State Court judgeship vacated in 2016 when Judge John Flythe chose to run for a Superior Court judgeship. Although Hunter was the top vote-getter in the March election, Kellie McIntyre won the runoff.
Hunter graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law and has been in practice since 1982. He served two terms as the Richmond County State Court solicitor.
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