Starting August 15, Milledgeville native Hugh P. Thompson will assume a new post as the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.

According to a news release, Thompson was unanimously elected to lead the state Supreme Court and serve as its main spokesperson. It is a four-year term.

Governor Zell Miller made Thompson a justice of the Georgia Supreme Court after serving on the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit from 1979 to 1994, according to the Georgia Supreme Court website.

After graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law in 1969, Thompson got his start in 1971 as the judge of the Milledgeville City Court.

He currently serves as the Presiding Justice, who steps in when the Chief Justice is away.

Thompson replaces outgoing Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein. Justice P. Harris Hines will take Thompson's place as Presiding Justice.

Chief Justice also heads the Georgia Judicial Council which oversees all state courts.

He's been active in his native Milledgeville, winning awards from the Baldwin County Bar Association, the Milledgeville Kiwanis Club and Milledgeville Jaycees.

Thompson and his wife, Jane, have two grown sons.

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