DeKalb judge announces resignation

DeKalb County State Court Judge J. Antonio DelCampo announced his resignation Wednesday, citing financial obligations.

Starting March 15, DelCampo will become a partner with Atlanta-based trial firm Harris Penn Lowry, which will become Harris Penn Lowry DelCampo.

DelCampo, 41, became Georgia’s first Hispanic trial judge in 2002 when he was appointed by former Gov. Roy Barnes. During his tenure, he has helped start DeKalb’s DUI court and bring another Hispanic judge to DeKalb.

In his resignation letter to the governor, DelCampo, who makes $150,000 a year, said he was leaving for financial obligations.

“Finances certainly played a major role,” DelCampo told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “But it’s also about a new challenge. I’m looking forward to a different chapter in my life.”

DelCampo’s resignation will leave two vacancies in DeKalb’s State Court. Judge Barbara Mobley resigned earlier this month. Court officials said they will fill the vacancies will magistrates until the governor appoints two replacements.