Georgia’s Governor Appoints Gwinnett’s First Black Superior Court Judge

By Tyler Estep

Tadia D. Whitner was tapped Tuesday as Gwinnett’s newest Superior Court judge — making her the first African-American to ever take the bench for the county’s highest local court.

Whitner, a military veteran and soon-to-be-former juvenile court judge, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the vacancy left by the recent retirement of Chief Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner. 

“After serving our country as a captain in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, Tadia Whitner brought invaluable leadership and legal expertise to her work as a prosecutor, private attorney, and judge for municipal and juvenile court,” Kemp said in a news release announcing the appointment.


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