The city of Jacksonville gained a new municipal court judge Monday.
The Jacksonville City Council appointed Anniston attorney Jennifer Weems as judge during its regular meeting Monday. The appointment comes two months after the council approved the retirement current judge Joe Maloney.
Weems’ appointment is for two years and she will be paid about $2,100 a month. Municipal court in Jacksonville meets four Tuesdays each month at the Public Safety Complex.
Weems, who attended the meeting, said she planned to sit in on the court today to help acclimate herself and to watch Maloney work. Maloney has served as judge off and on for 20 years.
Weems, who was a Calhoun County assistant district attorney for eight years before opening her private practice two years ago, said she looked forward to working with Jacksonville.
“I’ve practiced in Jacksonville and very much enjoyed working with the magistrate and the court,” Weems said. “I thought this would be a great chance and privilege to serve in this capacity.”
Jarrod Simmons, city administrator, said the council set up a committee about two months ago to collect applications and interview potential candidates for the position. Simmons said the committee received 21 applications and interviewed six candidates over several weeks before recommending that Weems be appointed.
“She had a great interview and has great experience working on both sides of the law,” said Council President Sandra Sudduth, who was a committee member. “I think we had some great applicants.”
Mayor Johnny Smith said he appreciated all the applications the city received.
“I think we’re very fortunate to have the quality of applicants we had,” Smith said. “It wasn’t an easy process since we had so many good ones.”
Also during the meeting the council:
* Approved the placement of stop signs and a stop warning sign at the intersection of 9th Street NE and 9th Avenue NE.
* Approved the the placement of stop signs and a stop warning sign at the intersection of 7th Street NE and 9th Avenue NE.
* Authorized the mayor to sign an agreement with Marisa Preuninger as manager for the 2017 Farmer’s Market.
* Agreed to spend more than $5,000 for three city employees to attend various training conferences.
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