|ATLANTA, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the appointment of Nancy N. Bills to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit, Clarence Cuthpert to the State Court Judge of Rockdale County, Jesse C. Stone to the Augusta Judicial Circuit and Dick Perryman to the Alapaha Judicial Circuit, Rosemary Greene of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit and Carletta Sims Brown of the Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court.|
Nancy N. Bills will fill the position of David B. Irwin, who resigned on October 31, 2020. Bills is currently a State Judge at Rockdale Circuit Court and heads a DUI court. Bills holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia with a cum laude degree. She was also the Assistant / Assistant District Attorney for the Rockdale Judicial Circuit and a contributor to Walker & Waldrop. PC Bills chairs the Rockdale County Task Force on Family Violence, a nonprofit that works to raise public awareness about preventing domestic violence. She has served as President of the Council of State Court Judges, a member of the Judicial Council, the Council of Accountability Court Judges, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Rockdale Bar Association. She and her husband Jeffrey have a daughter, Mary. The Rockdale Judicial Circuit consists entirely of Rockdale County.
Clarence Cuthpert, Jr. will fill the post created by the appointment of Nancy N. Bills to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit. Most recently, he served as a probate judge for the Rockdale County Probate Court. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Savannah State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia Southern University, and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Previously, he was Managing Partner for Cuthpert & Associates, PC, Associate City Attorney for the City of Atlanta, and Associate Attorney for Lester B. Johnson, III, PC
Jesse Stone will fill the position created by Michael Annis’ retirement with effect from February 1, 2020. Stone holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, and law from the University of Georgia. He has been a lawyer and managing partner for Merrill & Stone, LLC in Waynesboro since 1986. He served in the Georgia State Senate from 2011 to 2020, representing District 23. He was chair of the Justice Committee. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was elected Mayor of Waynesboro City. From 1990 to 1995 he was a criminal justice instructor at East Georgia College. He is chairman of the State Bar of Georgia Agricultural Law Division, a member of the Augusta Circuit Bar Association, the Federalist Society, and the Middle Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children: Drew, Sarah, and Laura. The Augusta Judicial Circuit consists of Burke, Columbia and Richmond Counties.
Dick Perryman will fill the position of Howard McLain, who retired on August 31, 2020. Perryman has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, Montgomery and a law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Previously, he was Associate Attorney for Clyatt, Clyatt & Golden, LLC, Partner of Hamilton & Perryman, LLC, and District Attorney for the Alapaha Judicial Circuit. Perryman is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and Friends of the Library. He was a board member of Family Connections / Communities in Schools and a member of the Nashville, Georgia city council. He has a son, Shep. The Alapaha Judicial Circuit consists of Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Cook and Lanier counties.
Rosemary Greene will fill the position of David K. Smith, who retired on October 31, 2020. Greene holds a bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College and a law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. She previously served as the assistant district attorney for the Blue Ridge and Cherokee judiciary. She was also the District Attorney for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit from 2013 to 2021. She and her husband Mark have two children: Stan and Mary. The Cherokee Judicial Circuit consists of Bartow and Gordon Counties.
Carletta Sims Brown will fill the position created by the death of the honorable William Jennings. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and a law degree from Marquette University Law School. Most recently, she was an executive lawyer for Sims Brown Law, LLC, with offices in Marietta and Augusta. Sims previously served as a judge in Cobb County Magistrate Court, an attorney with the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, and an executive attorney with Sims & Associates PC. She also held legal positions with the Cobb County law firm and the city of Union City. She and her husband Wayne live in Augusta and have two children: Thandiwe and Chinue.