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December 21--  Vidalia attorney Howard Kaufold has been appointed Superior Court Judge in the Oconee Judicial Circuit by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

howardkaufoldThe veteran trial lawyer will fill the unexpired term of Judge H. Frederick Mullis who resigned due to problems with his vision. 

"It's always been something I aspired to do.  I'm very appreciative of Governor Deal giving me this honor to have the ability to serve the people of the Oconee Circuit and it's a real honor.  I think my 39-plus years of being in the courtroom will help me deal with the people's situations," he said.

In addition to his private practice, Kaufold is the county attorney for Toombs and Montgomery counties.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Mercer University and his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer. 

He and his wife, Sherri, have three children and five grandchildren and live in Montgomery County.