Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed Shondeana Morris to the DeKalb County Superior Court. Morris previous served as a State Court judge. Photo provided by the Office of the Governor.

Kemp fills vacancy in DeKalb Superior Court after Flake’s resignation

Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed a DeKalb State Court judge to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of a sitting Superior Court judge.

Shondeana Morris is a former deputy district attorney in Fulton County and also served as assistant solicitor for the City of Atlanta. She has been a State Court judge since 2017.

"Shondeana Morris' impressive legal career and public service make her the right choice for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court,” Kemp said in a statement announcing her appointment. “Given her experience on the DeKalb County State Court and successful track record as a Fulton County prosecutor, I believe that Shondeana offers the ideal set of legal expertise and leadership skills for this critically important position." 

Morris will fill the seat on the DeKalb Superior Court formerly held by Judge Gail Flake. 

Flake retired from that job, and her last day on DeKalb’s Superior Court was March 31. In April, Kemp made Flake a senior judge of the Superior Courts of Georgia.

Kemp also named Markette Baker to the Superior Court of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, Jeffery Monroe to the Macon Judicial Circuit and Jeffrey Watkins to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. All four will begin serving in their new jobs immediately after they are sworn in.

Morris was one of three finalists for the DeKalb Superior Court vacancy. The others were also State Court judges: Stacy Hydrick and Dax Lopez.

Lopez, a Latino Jewish Republican, faced opposition from some of the same forces who previously spoke against his bid to for a federal judgeship.

Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this report.

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