Gov. Nathan Deal
Gov. Nathan Deal (John Disney/Staff)

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a city judge and an assistant federal prosecutor to the trial bench.

Deal announced today that he named Calhoun Municipal Court Judge Suzanne Smith to replace retired Cherokee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Shepherd Howell. He also named Verda Colvin, assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, to replace retired Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge S. Phillip Brown.

In addition to her municipal judgeship, Smith also is judge pro tempore for the Gordon County Juvenile Court and an attorney for Gordon County.

She earned her law degree from the University of Georgia and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1988.

Colvin also earned her law degree from UGA and was admitted to the bar in 1993.

Deal interviewed four finalists, including Colvin, for the Macon judgeship and three finalists, including Smith, for the Cherokee judgeship in February. Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission chose the finalists after reviewing applications and conducting interviews.

The other finalists for the Macon Circuit were Jonathan Alderman, managing partner of Anderson, Walker & Reichert; Sandra Mason, assistant district attorney for Bibb County; and Barbara Parker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

The other finalists for the Cherokee Circuit were Kelley Dial, a chief assistant public defender in Cartersville and Harry White, a partner at White, Choate & Watkins and a Municipal Court judge for the cities of Adairsville and Cartersville.