The City of Stockbridge
swore in a new Chief Judge at the G.W. Evans Jr. Municipal Court
Building on January 23. Stockbridge Mayor Mark A. Alarcon
administered the judicial oath of office to Chief Judge Santana
T. Flanigan during the ceremony.
Mr. Flanigan was
appointed by the City Council on January 14th and will serve
along with Christopher Chapman as Associate Judge, Jerry Patrick
as Solicitor, and Jason Martin as Associate Solicitor.
Mr. Flanigan is a 2006
graduate of the University of Georgia Law School where he was an
active member of the Student Bar Association, Black Law Student
Association, and the Labor and Employment Law Association. He
additionally served as Chief Investigator and Prosecutor of the
Honor Court, and was on the Davenport-Benham Black Law Students
Association Mock Trial Team. He is an Associate with the law
firm of Smith, Welch, Webb & White in McDonough.
Mr. Christopher Chapman
will serve as Associate Judge. He is a graduate of the John
Marshall Law School in Atlanta and has been admitted to all
levels of State and Federal Court. He also has the experience of
being a prosecutor in Henry County, a Magistrate Court Judge for
Henry County, a Municipal Court Judge for the City of McDonough
and an adjunct instructor for several law enforcement agencies
and police academies. He is an Associate with the law firm of
Smith, Welch, Webb & White in McDonough.
Patrick will serve as Solicitor, commonly referred to as the
prosecutor. He has extensive experience as a Solicitor, having
served in that capacity for more than a decade at the cities of
Forest Park, Jonesboro, Riverdale and Morrow. He has initiated
educational programs in other courts for those defendants age 21
and younger with the intent of curtailing repeat offenses. Mr.
Patrick will be assisted by Mr. Jason Martin, who will serve as