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December 16-- Gov. Nathan Deal today appointed Jon F. Helton to the Superior Court judgeship within the Dublin Judicial Circuit and Charles E. Auslander III to the State Court judgeship in Clarke County. Helton fills the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable J. Stanley Smith and takes effect upon swearing in. The Dublin Judicial Circuit includes Johnson, Laurens, Treutlen and Twiggs counties. Auslander fills the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Kent Lawrence and takes effect upon swearing in.

Helton is a partner at Hilbun & Helton P.C. in Dublin. He is the attorney for the Wilkinson County Commission, judge pro tem of the Juvenile Court of the Dublin Judicial Circuit and judge of the City of McIntyre Municipal Court. Helton previously served as assistant district attorney of the Dublin Judicial Circuit, solicitor of the Juvenile Court of the Dublin Judicial Circuit and judge of the City of Irwinton Municipal Court. Helton earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and law degree from John Marshall Law School. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children. They reside in Dublin.