Council of Magistrate Court Judges Elects New Officers

Buford, GA — The Council of Magistrate Court Judges elected new officers and executive committee members on May 5, 2014, at its annual meeting held at Lake Lanier Islands’ Legacy Lodge.  The 2014-2015 officers are: President Allen Wigington, Pickens County; Vice President Robert “Bob” Turner, Houston County; Second Vice President Kristina Hammer Blum, Gwinnett County; Treasurer Glenda Dowling, Pierce County; Secretary Berryl Anderson, DeKalb County; and Immediate Past President Betsey Kidwell, Heard County.

 At the awards luncheon, two long-serving magistrates, Judge Sidney Baxter of Whitfield County and Judge Alec Glenn Dorsey of Wilcox County, were honored with resolutions of commendation from the Judicial Council of Georgia and the Administrative Office of the Courts.  Judge Baxter was the longest serving magistrate in the state, before his retirement on February 15, 2014.  Baxter served as Whitfield County’s Justice of the Peace from 1972 until the state’s magistrate court system was created in 1983. 

 Judge Dorsey has also been a magistrate since 1983, having previously been a Justice of the Peace appointed in 1979.  Dorsey served as Secretary for the Council of Magistrate Court Judges since its inception. He will retire from the bench on July 1, 2014.      

 The Council of Magistrate Court Judges is composed of Georgia’s approximately 500 magistrate judges.  Its mission is to improve the administration of magistrate courts, and to train and assist magistrates in the execution of their duties.  Council members meet twice a year to receive training from the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and to conduct committee business.