Second Griffin Circuit judge resigns

Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal English has resigned, Gov. Sonny Perdue's office has confirmed

In a letter addressed to Perdue and dated April 23, English stated the resignation would be effective April 30.

The letter, obtained by the AJC, reads, "It is with great remorse that I tender my resignation, but it is time for me and my family to concentrate on a different direction in our lives."

English was the chief judge of the circuit and had served Georgia for 35 years. He lives in Thomaston and was on Season 4 of the reality television show “Survivor.”

English’s resignation is the second in the Griffin circuit this week.

It follows that of Fayette County Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr., who resigned Monday in a handwritten note to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

In the note, posted on, Caldwell wrote, "I am 63 years old and want time to visit with my grandkids and maybe practice law."

A spokesperson at Perdue's office told WSB the office will move quickly to fill the vacancies left by Caldwell and English.

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