For the first time in 22 years, Danielsville has a new municipal court judge.
Attorney Al Stone, who had served as judge for nearly a quarter of a century, resigned from his post effective Jan. 31. Stone submitted his resignation letter to the council Jan. 22, saying that it was time for him to move on to other opportunities of service.
“It has been an honor serving the citizens of Danielsville and I look forward to continue to serve the citizens in my law practice in the future,” Stone wrote.
“We appreciate the job he has done and service he has provided for the city,” Mayor Todd Higdon said. “He is a man of the utmost character.”
The council voted Monday night to hire Lithonia attorney Robert Sneed to replace Stone. He will hold the first court session on Monday, Feb. 18. The court start time will move from 5:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Court is held the third Monday of each month at city hall.
Sneed will be paid $300 per court session on a month-to- month basis. Higdon said Sneed has many years of experience serving as a municipal judge and that he currently travels to a number of towns throughout north Georgia to preside over municipal court.