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Chattahoochee District Judge John Allen to retire at the end of October

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Judge John Allen of the Chattahoochee District informed Georgia Governor Nathan Deal that he will be retiring at the end of October of this year.

Allen is now 70-years-old, and has a deep history in with the Columbus community. He grew-up in the Booker T. Washington Housing Complex in Columbus, and graduated from a segregated Spencer High School.

Allen served as a Tuskegee Airman and started the first bi-racial law firm in Columbus in 1983, along with Judge Bobby Peters.

Now, Allen has served as a Muscogee County Superior Court Judge for 20 years. Prior to this experience, he served as a Recorder's Court Judge, and a State Court Judge. Currently, he is the only African American judge serving in the district.

"I think I have accomplished what I have accomplished and it's just time to move on to another phase in my life," says Allen, who is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Governor Deal is expected to name his replacement by the end of the year.

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