Toccoa attorney Willie J. Woodruff, Jr. will serve as the Stephens County State Court Solicitor pending a special election to fill the post vacated by the passing of State Court Solicitor Dan. T. Pressley, Sr. back in December.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal officially appointed Woodruff to fill the position recently and it became effective upon his swearing in.
He had been serving as the Interim State Court Solicitor for the county while it waited for the Governor to make an appointment as required by law.
Woodruff has been practicing private law in Toccoa since 1982.
He served as judge in the city of Toccoa Recorder’s Court from 1995 to 2010, as well as solicitor of that court from 1992 to 1995.
Woodruff earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
In January, Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said that whoever was appointed would serve until a special election is held to fill the seat.
That special election will be in November and whoever wins the election would serve a brand new full four-year term.