Woodstock names new municipal court judge

An attorney who serves on the Woodstock Planning Commission has been named the city’s new municipal court judge.

The Woodstock City Council approved a part-time agreement with Robert Tidwell to replace Municipal Court Judge Philip Taylor, who is leaving for a position with the U.S. Department of Justice, council meeting minutes say.

According to its website, the Woodstock Municipal Court handles misdemeanor criminal, traffic and city ordinance cases.

Tidwell is a partner and trial attorney with Tidwell Strimban, a personal injury law practice with offices in Woodstock, the law firm's website says. He is a 2002 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and served more than seven years as an insurance company attorney. Information: https://bit.ly/2EbukSL

Tidwell, his wife and their two daughters live in Woodstock. He will be sworn in as judge at the City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 16, and his first court session will be in January.