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Waters to leave Juvenile Court post

COVINGTON - Newton County Juvenile Court Judge Billy Waters confirmed Wednesday that he is not seeking reappointment to his post for a fourth term.

Waters, who was appointed to the Juvenile Court judgeship 11 years ago, said he is looking forward to returning to private practice.

"I'm going back to where I was," he said.

Waters will return to the law firm of Ballard, Stephenson and Waters in Covington, but this time there will be another Waters in the office. Michael Waters, the judge's son, is also a practicing attorney in Covington.

Waters recalled when he was sworn into the State Bar of Georgia, his young son was there holding his hand. He later had the opportunity to swear Michael in when he was admitted to the bar. Come January, the two will be practicing law together.

"It's kind of like going full circle," Waters said.

Waters said his appointment as Juvenile Court judge ends Dec. 31, or until a successor is appointed.

"It's been a wonderful thing over here," he said of his years in office. "I've got some great staff. I hate to leave them, but things change."

The Juvenile Court judge serves by appointment of the four Superior Court judges in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Appointments are for four years.

Applications for the judgeship must be submitted by Wednesday to the senior judge in the circuit, Superior Court Judge John Ott, 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 221, Monroe, GA 30655.

According to Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson, applicants are required to be at least 30 years of age, be a Georgia resident, have practiced law for at least five years and be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.