Aflac's Art Smith to serve as Chattahoochee Superior Court Judge - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Aflac's Art Smith to serve as Chattahoochee Superior Court judge

Governor Nathan Deal has appointed an attorney to serve as judge within the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. Art Smith, who has served as a corporate attorney for Aflac for more than 20 years, received a call from the governor Tuesday morning naming him to the judgeship.

Five local attorneys made the final list of considerations to fill Judge Doug Pullen's position.

Smith tells News Leader 9 he is still trying to process the news, and is eager to take on his new role, "It's a very high responsibility , there's nothing insignificant that comes before the Superior Court and I'll approach the job with that knowledge, that anyone who comes before the court has a serious issue which needs a resolution."

He also serves on the boards of Midtown Columbus, Inc., Feed the Valley Food Bank and is vice chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbus College, a law degree from Samford University, and master of laws in taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Smith and his wife, Sue, have two daughters, Ellen Smith and Emily Smith Brannan. His appointment comes in the wake of Judge Douglas Pullen's resignation in September of this year.  

The Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit is made up of Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, and Taylor Counties.

The date for his swearing-in ceremony has not been announced . 

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