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Judge Ellington Elected Chief
Friday, 22 October 2010

October 22--  Chief Judge M. Yvette Miller reports that the Court of Appeals yesterday selected Holly K. O. Sparrow as its new clerk and court administrator. Miller also said the judges at a previous meeting elected Judge John J. Ellington as the court’s next chief judge, beginning in January.

Gov. Roy Barnes appointed Ellington, a 49-year-old native of Soperton, to the Court of Appeals in 1999.

“We have stayed with our tradition of electing the senior most judge who has not yet served,” Miller said.

Sparrow, who previously was the court’s deputy administrator, has been serving as the court’s interim clerk since William L. Martin III retired during the summer. Miller said a committee she formed interviewed several candidates, and the judges unanimously accepted the committee’s recommendation that Sparrow get the job.

“Holly was at the top of the list not only because of her qualifications but her institutional wisdom,” Miller said. Sparrow is a graduate of Indiana University and received her law degree from the University of Georgia.

Miller said today she was about to meet with Keith R. Blackwell and Steven L. A. Dillard, named yesterday by Gov. Sonny Perdue to fill vacancies on the court created by the retirement of G. Alan Blackburn and the death of Debra H. Bernes.

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