A Thomson attorney has been named the Chief Magistrate of McDuffie County.
William B. "Bubba" Swan, Jr., was named to fill the unexpired term of the late Robert H. Cofer beginning Wednesday, March 9, according to a press release from the judges of the Superior Courts for the Toombs Judicial Circuit. Mr. Swan's term will continue through December 31, 2008. He will be eligible for reappointment at that time.
"We are pleased that Bubba, as we all know him, was willing to serve in this very important position," said Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. "We are confident that his ability, demeanor and temperament will serve the county well in the position of Chief Magistrate, and he will be a valuable addition to the court system."
Judge Swan is a native of McDuffie County, having been educated in the public schools of McDuffie County. He received his bachelor and law degrees from Mercer University in Macon and has practiced in Thomson since his graduation from law school, and with the law firm of Knox and Swan.
He and his wife Dawn are the parents of two children, William Bryant Swan III and Sara Marshall Swan and are members of the First Methodist Church of Thomson. Judge Swan has served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Thomson Rotary Club and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Leadership McDuffie.
Judge Swan comes from a family who has served McDuffie County for many years. He is the son of former Sheriff William Swan, and his grandmother, Blanche Swan was long serving tax collector of McDuffie County.
He was sworn in on March 7, 3 p.m., at the McDuffie County Superior Court Room.