Gov. Brian Kemp is scheduled to swear in newly-appointed Superior Court Judge Layla Zon at the state Capital in downtown Atlanta tomorrow morning. Zon was appointed by the governor last week following the early retirement of Judge Samuel M. Osburn. She becomes the first female superior court judge appointed to the bench in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.
Later in the day, Superior Court Judge John Ott will swear in acting district attorney Randy McGinley who will replace Zon. She said she will resign as Alcovy Judicial Circuit district attorney tomorrow morning. McGinley’s swearing in will take place at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4 at the Walton County Government Building on Hammond Road in Monroe.
Zon said as chief assistant district attorney, McGinley becomes acting district attorney on her resignation
“It happens as a matter of law when the position is vacated,” Zon said.
She is not sure whether Kemp will appoint McGinley to the position for the remainder of the term until 2022 or whether he will have to run for the seat in November against Democrat Destiny Bryant, also an assistant district attorney with the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.
“The governor has the option to do either and I’m not sure which one he will choose,” Zon said.
Zon had initially indicated that she would run for the Osburn’s seat when he announced that he would not be running for re-election at the end of the year. At that time, McGinley said he would be running for district attorney. Everything was upended when Osburn announced that he would be retiring early, at the end of April, which necessitated the governor making an appointment. Zon and Loganville Municipal Judge Lori Duff were both on the shortlist, but Zon went ahead and qualified for re-election for district attorney in case she did not get the appointment. However, since she has now been appointed, McGinley will win the Republican Primary and either run against Bryant in November to become district attorney or be appointed to the position by Kemp.