Georgia Governor Tabs Thomas County's Assistant District Attorney

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Jim Hardy has been the southern circuit's assistant district attorney for almost 25 years, but a month ago Hardy was interviewed by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for a position as the 5th judge in the southern circuit, and offered the job.

Honorable Jim Hardy says, "It's an honor for myself, for my wife and my children and my family and I appreciate the confidence bestowed upon me by the governor."

As judge, Hardy will serve the same counties: Echols, Lowndes, Brooks, Grady and Thomas County.

Those who have worked with Hardy for more than 20 years say Perdue picked the right man.

Longtime legal secretary Barbara Berman says, "It's time for Jim to be judge. He's been a wonderful DA and everybody would come to him for help. If they have a question he's always there, a very dedicated person."

Thomas County Sheriff Carlton Powell says, "Jim brings to the table an awful lot of traits that all of us admire. He's a most sincere person. He's a humble person, a person that cares about the values that most of us in this part of the country value today."

Hardy says he'll bring to the judgeship his experience in the courtroom and his love of working with people to resolve disputes.

Hardy will assume his role as southern circuit judge January 1.