Deal appoints Brown Ocmulgee Judge
By Michael Prochaska
Governor Nathan Deal appointed a new Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge last week to fill the vacancy of former Judge John Lee Parrott, who resigned in May.
Enis Trenton Brown, III, a Putnam County State Court Judge and attorney, was selected Wednesday, Aug. 22 by the Governor’s Office to fill the vacancy following several rounds of interviews with a candidate pool originally of 17.
As of earlier last week, that pool was narrowed to three “short list” candidates, which included Brown, Madison attorney Brenda Trammell and Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Alison Burleson.
The office would normally be an elected position but, by state law, the governor can appoint a new judge to complete an unexpired term if the previous judge resigned before an election.
Brown told the Morgan County Citizen that he applied for the office because he didn’t want to do anything other than continue to serve the community under the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.
“I am well aware of the solemn responsibility now placed upon me to help safeguard the integrity of our vast superior court system,” he stated in a press release, “and pledge that I will do so every day with fairness, professionalism, a strong work ethic, integrity, and consistency.
Brown said the Governor’s office has not yet set a date for him to be sworn into office. A press released stated that it would be scheduled in coming weeks.
Once in office, Brown will serve a two-year term before the next election.
He is a 1999 graduate of Mercer University School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia, according to a press release.
Printed in the August 30, 2012 edition