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January 10--  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal administered the oath of office Tuesday to Vidalia attorney Howard Kaufold.  He was appointed last month to fill the unexpired term of Superior Court Judge H. Frederick Mullis in the Oconee Judicial Circuit.

Accompanied by friends and family, Judge Kaufold posed with the Governor at the Capitol following the swearing-in ceremony.

kaufoldoath(L-R) Chad and Kristen Ritchie with daughters Hannah and Rachel; wife Sherri with Judge Kaufold; behind him his sister, Mary Pickle; mother Frances Kaufold; Governor Nathan Deal; behind the Governor brother Mike Kaufold; son-in-law Todd Wiggins and daughter Annie Wiggins with their daughters Laurel Grace and Kate and Vidalia attorney Hugh B. McNatt.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Kaufold practiced law for nearly 40 years and was the county attorney for Toombs and Montgomery counties.