The city of Toccoa will have a new municipal court judge next year.
On Monday, the commission voted unanimously to appoint Bob Sneed of Lithonia, Ga. as the new municipal court judge, which is a part-time position.
He replaces local attorney Nina Svoren, who has served as the city judge for the past two years.
Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson said that the commission made the decision to go in a different direction and tasked himself and City Clerk Fredda Wheeler with finding a new judge.
Jackson said that after interviewing multiple candidates, Sneed’s experience stood out and made him the best person for the job.
“Mr. Sneed is a 21-year veteran of city court judge (work) and serves currently 16 cities,” said Jackson. “Toccoa is number 17. All of those cities are in northeast Georgia. He comes very highly recommended and Fredda and I were in agreement that he was our choice. We made that recommendation to the commission and they approved.”
Sneed currently serves as the Municipal Court Judge for cities including Clarkesville, Mt. Airy, Alto, and Baldwin, among others.
He will begin his duties as Toccoa Municipal Court Judge on January 3.