ATLANTA – Governor Brian Kemp recently announced the appointment of Nancy N. Bills to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit, Clarence Cuthpert to the Rockdale County State Court Judge, Jesse C. Stone to the Augusta Judicial Circuit and Dick Perryman to the Alapaha Judicial Circuit, Rosemary Greene to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit and Carletta Sims Brown to the Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court.
Nancy N. Bills holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia with degrees cum laude. She was also the Assistant District Attorney for the Rockdale Judicial Circuit and a contributor to Walker & Waldrop PC. She is currently a State Court judge at Rockdale Circuit Court and heads a DUI court.
Bills will fill the position created by the resignation of David B. Irwin on October 31, 2020. The Rockdale Judicial Circuit consists entirely of Rockdale County.
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Clarence Cuthpert Jr. 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. Most recently, he served as a probate judge for the Rockdale County Probate Court. Prior to that, 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
Cuthpert will fill the position created by the appointment of Nancy N. Bills to the Rockdale Judicial Circuit.
Jesse Stone holds a bachelor’s, business, and law degree from the University of Georgia. Since 1986 Stone has served as a lawyer and managing partner for Merrill & Stone LLC in Waynesboro. He served in the District 23 Senate from 2011 to 2020 and chaired the Judiciary 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.
Stone will fill the position created by Michael Annis’ resignation with effect from February 1, 2020. The Augusta Judicial Circuit includes Burke, Columbia and Richmond Counties.
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Dick Perryman holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, Montgomery and a law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He previously served as an attorney for Clyatt, Clyatt & Golden LLC, a partner in Hamilton & Perryman LLC, and as a District Attorney for the Alapaha Judicial Circuit.
Perryman will fill the position created by Howard McLain’s resignation effective August 31, 2020. The Alapaha Judicial Circuit includes Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Cook and Lanier Counties.
Rosemary Greene has 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 the District Attorney for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit from 2013 to 2021.
Greene will fill the position created by the resignation of David K. Smith effective October 31, 2020. The Cherokee Judicial Circuit consists of Counties Bartow and Gordon.
Carletta Sims Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and a law degree from Marquette University Law School. Most recently, she served as 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 in the Cobb County law firm and in the city of Union City.
Sims will fill the position created by the death of William Jennings in March.