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Governor makes judicial appointments: Stone and Brown fill open seats in Augusta



AUGUSTA, Ga. – The governor has appointed a former state senator to the Augusta Judicial Superior Court bench.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that Jesse Stone is his choice to fill the remaining term of Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis whose retirement began a year ago Monday.

Also Monday, Kemp announced he has appointed Carletta Sims Brown to fill the vacancy created when Richmond County Civil Court Judge William D. Jennings III died March 10.

Stone retired from the Georgia Senate last February after serving four terms from 2011 to 2020.He was chair of the judiciary committee. He has practiced law since 1986 with Merrill & Stone in Waynesboro. Stone also served as mayor of Waynesboro, and he was a criminal justice instructor at East Georgia College 1990-1995.

Stone is chair of the agriculture law section of the State Bar of Georgia. He is also a member of the Augusta Circuit Bar Association, the Federalist Society, and the Middle Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

Brown graduated from Fisk University and earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School. She most recently served as a managing attorney for Sims Brown Law, LLC, with offices in Marietta and Augusta. Sims previously served as a magistrate judge for the Cobb County Magistrate Court, and as staff attorney for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. She has also held legal positions in the Cobb County Attorney’s Office and the City of Union City.