Hon. Mary E. Staley
Hon. Mary E. Staley (Photo by Rebecca Breyer)

Cobb Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Mary Staley became president of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia today, the group announced.

Staley takes the reins from Chatham County Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbott, who finished a one-year term.

Staley is the most senior member of the Cobb Superior Court bench, having served there since her first election in 1992. She began practicing law in Cobb County in 1978 as an assistant district attorney. She won election to the Cobb County State Court in 1983 and served there until she moved to superior court. She is presiding judge of the Cobb County Superior Court Mental Health Court.

Next in line for the leading role of the council is Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver, who became president-elect today. She serves as the presiding judge of her circuit’s Felony Drug Court and Veterans Drug Court. She previously served as the Presiding Judge in the Mental Health Court.

The council also announced its new secretary-treasurer is Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr. He has served since 2002 as a superior court judge in the Alcovy Circuit, which includes Newton and Walton counties

The Council of Superior Court Judges is composed of the state’s 209 superior court judges and over 70 senior (retired) superior court judges. It was established by the state legislature in 1985. The newly elected officers, immediate past-president, and administrative judges representing each of the 10 judicial administrative districts in Georgia comprise the council’s executive committee.