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John EllingtonSeptember 27-- This week the Vidalia-Toombs County Library was excited to have Vidalia native and Treutlen County resident Justice John Ellington of the Georgia Supreme Court come and speak to the Friends of the Library meeting.

Ellington was elected to the position in 2018 and has enjoyed his first year on Georgia’s highest court. “I’ve really enjoyed it. I work with great people. I was fortunate to work for 20 years on the Court of Appeals and serve with good folks. There are 9 of us on the Supreme Court and I enjoy the work,” said Ellington.

Becoming a judge on the Georgia Supreme Court was not what he had planned while in high school. Ellington said, “I wanted to play safety for the Miami Dolphins but that didn’t work out for me so I think the law was a good backup plan for me.” He added, “I’m very fortunate to have had the background and the training that I have had and as I go to Atlanta I try to take those values and experiences with me.”

Local influences helped shape his career. “I was very fortunate of Judge Marvin Hartley here in Vidalia and Toombs County. I worked with him for a great number of years and he had a great influence on me. And Judge Carlton Warnock in Soperton was the State Court Judge that I followed had a great influence on my life, both as a lawyer and also in the community,” said Ellington.

Ellington really enjoys his travels throughout Georgia. Ellington stated, “You know we have a great state with wonderful people. We’re a diverse state in geography and people and background and it’s really one of the fun parts of my job to travel around and see people from all walks of life.”