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Wynne to be sworn in as judge

COVINGTON — District Attorney Ken Wynne will be sworn in as Superior Court judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit on Tuesday in Atlanta.

The swearing in will take place in the chamber of the Georgia House of Representatives at the state Capitol. Wynne will take the bench Thursday.

"It's bittersweet," Wynne said of preparing to embark on the next chapter in his career. "As I pack up things from the DA's Office, it's hit me that I'm leaving a job that I've been in for over 20 years. That's hard, especially thinking about leaving people you've worked with for so long. But I'm excited about this new opportunity, and I'm looking forward to taking the bench and seeing the law from a different perspective."

Wynne said he is especially looking forward to handling civil cases, as he has spent the past two decades handling criminal cases.

The fifth judgeship was approved by the General Assembly in 2008 with funding appropriated in 2009. Wynne was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. His appointment will run through 2012; he will have the opportunity to run for election in November of that year.

Wynne has been district attorney 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.

By law, Chief Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon will assume the duties of district attorney after Wynne's departure.

Wynne will be congratulated locally with a reception the Friday following his swearing in at the Newton County Judicial Center.