The district attorney, chief public defender and a Cartersville attorney will be considered by the governor for the vacant Superior Court judgeship in the judicial circuit that includes Bartow County.

The vacancy was created by the March death of Judge Carey Nelson.

The state Judicial Nominating Commission recently recommended District Attorney Rosemary M. Greene, Chief Circuit Public Defender Christopher G. Paul, and Cartersville attorney Jeffrey A. Watkins to Gov. Brian Kemp.

Kemp will choose a replacement to fill Nelson’s remaining Superior Court term in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit, which includes Bartow and Gordon counties.

Kemp will fill the vacancy from the recommendations provided, and will contact candidates to schedule interviews, a news release stated.

The three were selected from a group of five interviewed by the commission on Monday, May 20, the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News reported.

Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce told the newspaper, “The governor will make a final selection as soon as practicable.”

The person chosen will be up for election in 2020.

Nelson died March 18 after a long fight with lung cancer. He served as a judge in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit up until his death and primarily worked out of Bartow County, the Tribune reported.

Then-Gov. Roy Barnes appointed Nelson, a Cartersville native, to the Superior Court post in 2001.


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