Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Judge Ken Wynne gets a warm congratulations from Shannon Davis with the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Friday at a reception in his honor. The line of well-wishers stretched out the door and down the hallway outside the jury empaneling room at the Newton County Judicial Center.
COVINGTON -- New Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne was congratulated and honored by friends and colleagues at a reception Friday afternoon at the Newton County Judicial Center.
Despite it being the beginning of a holiday weekend, the jury impaneling room was packed with well-wishers.
"It's very humbling to know so many people came out to this," Wynne said. "It speaks well of Newton and Walton counties, because people from both counties are here. That they took time out of their Friday afternoon on a holiday weekend says so much about their graciousness to me."
Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn was among those who came by to wish Wynne the best in his new endeavor.
"I think he will do a great job and I look forward to working with him," Ozburn said.
"There's a lot of work for him to do. He's a great fellow and a good friend, too, and I think he will do a wonderful job for the people of the circuit."
Wynne was sworn in Tuesday as the fifth Superior Court judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit at the state Capitol in Atlanta. He will preside over cases in both Newton and Walton counties but will be based in Newton. Wynne's appointment will run through 2012; he will have the opportunity to run for election in November of that year.
Wynne was district attorney for the Alcovy Circuit from 2001 until he was sworn in as judge this week. 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.
Originally from Macon, Wynne and his wife Pamela have lived in Newton County since 1989. They have two daughters, Courtney and Kendall.