Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has filled two vacancies on the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, according to our media partner the Ledger-Enquirer. Deal has appointed local attorney Ron Mullins to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen. Mullins has been in private practice in Columbus for over 30 years and has been on the governor's short list for nomination to the Superior Court bench five times.
Longtime State Court Judge Maureen Gottfried has also been appointed to be a Superior Court judge. Hers is a newly-created judgeship by the Georgia General Assembly, giving the Chattahoochee Circuit seven judges. Gottfried has served as State Court judge for 18 years.
Gottfried's seat on the State Court bench will be filled by Solicitor General Ben Richardson. He's been solicitor general since 2003. There's no word yet on who will replace Richardson.