Gail Tusan.
Gail Tusan. (John Disney Daily Report)

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan has been elected to serve as the court’s chief judge for at least the next two years. Tusan will assume her duties Feb. 1, replacing Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright, who was elected in 2010, according to a statement from the court.

The court’s chief judge is elected every two years, with a “retention option” for another two years, according to the court’s statement.

The election of Tusan as chief judge was foreshadowed by her appointment last year to the newly created post of deputy chief judge.

“For the past eighteen and a half years, I have proudly served with my Superior Court colleagues and look forward to this new opportunity of service on our collective behalf,” Tusan said in a statement. “As Fulton County becomes increasingly more diverse and today’s economy forces growing numbers of citizens to prosecute their legal claims without legal representation, our judicial system must continue to improve in its accessibility for everyone. As chief judge, I commit to building on our court’s valuable community partnerships, but also to identify new ways to collaborate with Fulton County’s justice partners throughout the state with the goal of delivery of transparency, accountability and best practices. The Superior Court of Fulton County belongs to the citizens of this great state, and our courthouse doors are open to all.”

Tusan, 57, began her judicial career as an administrative law judge with the city of Atlanta, and served as a Fulton County magistrate and a State Court judge prior to her appointment to the Superior Court in 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller. She is a 1981 graduate of the George Washington University School of Law.