December 28, 2016
By Patrick T. O'Connor
The Cordele Dispatch
The Herald-Leader, Fitzgerald
The News Observer, Vienna
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations and thanks to longtime Cordele Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge John C. Pridgen on his retirement from full-time judicial service effective Dec. 31.
During his distinguished career of 41 years in Georgia's legal profession and justice system, Judge Pridgen practiced law and served as district attorney for the Cordele Circuit, covering Ben Hill, Crisp, Dooly and Wilcox counties, prior to his appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1999. A leader among his peers, Judge Pridgen is a past president of the Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges and Georgia District Attorneys Association and past chair of the Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys Council. He also served the legal profession as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia.
All members of the State Bar of Georgia are grateful for the dedicated service of Judge Pridgen and are inspired by his many contributions toward strengthening the foundations of our justice system, which protects the rights and liberties of all Americans. We wish him well in the years ahead.
Patrick T. O'Connor
President, State Bar of Georgia