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February 24--  Montgomery County attorney John Morrison is running for Magistrate Judge in Montgomery County.  He issued the following announcement Friday.

MT. VERNON, GA. --- Local Attorney John Morrison has announced his candidacy for the position of Chief Magistrate Judge of Montgomery County, Georgia. The Current Magistrate Judge Mona Bell is retiring from the position as her term ends on 31 December 2018. John Morrison is running to fill the position and is basing his campaign on his prior experience as the Chief Magistrate Judge, his extensive legal training as a licensed attorney in Georgia with his almost 24 years experience practicing law in the area, and his pledge to reduce the Magistrate Court’s annual budget by 20% or more while improving the overall quality of service. The election will be held on the 22nd day of May, 2018.

John Morrison’s and his family have extensive ties to Montgomery County. John graduated from Montgomery County High School. He is a veteran of the US Army and Georgia Army National Guard. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Engineering Science and Mechanics. He worked as a scientist in the industry before returning and joining the faculty of Georgia Tech where he taught graduate courses and did classified research and development for the Department of Defense. This led to his position as a Senior Consultant at NASA’s JSC Mission Control, in the Houston, Texas area.

John accepted a full Presidential Scholarship to Washburn University School of law. He graduated a semester early, while running a computer consulting business and serving on the faculty of the Physics Department at the same time.

After returning and passing the Georgia Bar, John opened his law practice in Mt. Vernon in the family home place across from the post office. He practices law there to this day. John served as the Montgomery County Chief Magistrate from 1994 to the beginning of 1997. Over the course of his career so far, John has served as Wheeler County’s Attorney and attorney the cities of Mt. Vernon, Alamo, and Higgston City Attorneys. In addition, John Morrison has served as the Treutlen County State Court Public Defender; and the Laurens County District Attorney Pro Tem. All on a part time basis in addition to managing his thriving private law practice.

John Morrison has pledged to structure the Magistrate Court in much the same way as he ran it in the mid 1990’s. By staffing the office full time with a well trained Clerk and Deputy Magistrate who works under his close supervision, while John works part time hearing the cases and managing the office. He will accept as compensation less than half the current salary of the Chief Magistrate Judge. In this way, John Morrison says he can reduce the total annual budget of the Magistrate Court by over 20%. Further, with his extensive legal training and experience, John Morrison believes he can provide Montgomery County with an exceptionally high level of judicial performance. John said he is committed to being available day or night when needed by law enforcement, yet all citizens will be treated fairly and equally under the law, thus making a positive contribution to Montgomery County’s legal process. Something he says the citizens of Montgomery County certainly deserve.