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November 14--  A former assistant District Attorney is succeeding the late Chip Matheson as Chief Magistrate Judge in Toombs County.

{mosimage}Rizza Palmares O’Connor was sworn in Wednesday by Toombs County Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld. She was appointed to the position by Middle Judicial Circuit Judges Kathy Palmer and Robert Reeves. Prior to being appointed Chief Magistrate, Mrs. O’Connor acted as an Assistant District Attorney for the Middle Judicial Circuit.

Mrs. O’Connor is a native of Savannah, GA, and a graduate of Calvary Baptist Day School. She attended Mercer University as a Tift College Scholar, graduating cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and minor in Communications.  A portion of Mrs. O’Connor’s undergraduate studies were at Oxford University in England.

Upon earning her undergraduate degree, Mrs. O’Connor attended the Walter F. School of Law at Mercer University where she received her Juris Doctor in 2010. While at Mercer, Mrs. O’Connor served as president of the student body and received the Wall Street Journal Award for Student Achievement.

Mrs. O’Connor lives in Vidalia with her husband Daniel J. O’Connor, who is also an attorney. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Vidalia, Toombs-Montgomery Young Professionals, and Kiwanis Club of Vidalia. Mrs. O’Connor also is participating in this year’s class of Leadership Toombs-Montgomery.