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February 24, 2014

Heard appointed chief magistrate

THOMASVILLE —  Effective Jan. 1, Lawton C. Heard Jr. of Cairo was appointed by Superior Court judges as the new chief magistrate of Grady County, replacing former Chief Magistrate Larry Bearden, who retired in the middle of his term.

Heard feels blessed to be able to serve.

He said, “It’s an honor to be able to serve Grady County. I plan on serving them to the best of my abilities.”

Heard is a native of the Cairo area and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Georgia as well as a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. He was admitted to the Georgia State Bar and the Florida State Bar in 2006.

He served as the judicial law clerk for A. Wallace Cato and J. Richard Porter and as associate attorney for Franklin, Taulbee, Rushing Snipes and Marsh LLC of Statesboro.

Heard practice includes civil and criminal matters, in addition to bankruptcy work. He has been admitted to all Georgia and Florida state counts, the federal courts of the Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of Georgia and Northern District of Florida.

He is a member of the Cairo Kiwanis Club, the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce, where he was elected on to their board of directors in 2011.


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