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Wynne appointed Superior Court judge

COVINGTON -- District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been selected by Gov. Sonny Perdue to fill the fifth judgeship in the Superior Court of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, the governor's office announced Tuesday.

"I'm very honored and humbled. I look forward to a new job and a new challenge, and I'll certainly give this my best effort," Wynne said.

Wynne said he does not yet know when he will take office, adding that the governor's office will call him with details on the arrangements for the swearing-in. He will serve through 2010, with the opportunity to seek election in November 2010 for a four-year term beginning January 2011.

By law, Chief Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon will serve as interim district attorney until the governor makes an appointment or an election is held. There are three years left in Wynne's term, but the governor could order a special election prior to the term's end.

The fifth judgeship was approved by the Georgia General Assembly in 2008, with funding appropriated this year.

Wynne will preside over cases in both Newton and Walton counties but will be based in Newton.

Wynne, Covington attorney Robert Stansfield and attorney Lori B. Duff of Walton County were the three finalists whose names were submitted to Perdue for consideration by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Wynne has been district attorney for the Alcovy Circuit since 2001. Prior to that, he served as chief assistant district attorney from 1990 to 2000 and as an assistant district attorney from 1988 to 1990.

He was an associate in the law firm of Harmon, Smith and Bridges in Atlanta before joining the district attorney's office.

Wynne is a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Georgia in 1984.

He is a past president of the District Attorneys' Association of Georgia and is a former president of the Alcovy Bar Association and a past recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers' Division Commitment to Justice Award. In 1990 he was named Georgia Child Support Attorney of the Year by the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

He serves as president of the board of directors of A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center, Inc., a nonprofit child advocacy center in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

Originally from Macon, Wynne and his wife Pamela have lived in Newton County since 1989. They have two daughters, Courtney and Kendall.