Hathorn appointed city judge

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council has appointed local attorney Steven Hathorn as the city's new Municipal Court judge.

The council approved the appointment by a vote of 4 to 2 Monday night, with Councilwomen Ocie Franklin and Hawnethia Williams opposing.

Hathorn will take over the position from Interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks on June 1.

Hathorn could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The city received 16 applications for the position. Attorneys Brian Ross and Cheryl Fisher Custer were the other two finalists. The position carries a salary of $28,000 a year.

Hathorn is a Conyers resident with 30 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He has maintained a law office in Covington since 1991 and has been the Municipal Court judge for the city of Oxford for 16 years. Hathorn has also been the Municipal Court judge for the city of Walnut Grove since October 2011.

Hathorn was an attorney for Alexander and Royston in Covington from 1986 to 1991 and was chief assistant district attorney with the Alcovy Judicial Circuit from 1984 to 1986 and assistant district attorney from 1982 to 1984. He was assistant solicitor in Cobb State Court in 1982.

Hathorn has a juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and a degree in journalism from UGA's Grady College of Journalism. He is a member of various civic organizations, including the Rotary Club of Covington and the Covington Elks Club.

The City Council voted not to appoint former Municipal Court Judge David Strickland in February.