Ott reappoints Juvenile Judge Rymer to another 4-year-term in Walton, appoints new judge in Newton

Chief Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge John Ott has reappointed Walton County Juvenile Court Judge Stan Rhymer to serve for another four years in Walton County. This will be Rymer’s fifth term.

Walton County Juvenile Court Judge Stan Rhymer. Contributed photo

In Newton County, a new judge has been appointed to serve a four-year-term as the Juvenile Court Judge.

“In Newton County we had two highly qualified candidates apply, and we have selected Judge Candice Branche to serve a four-year term as the Newton County Juvenile Judge,” Ott said in a press release, going on to give credentials for the newly-appointed judge.

Judge Branche has an extensive background in dealing with troubled youth. She received two degrees from the University of Georgia, an undergraduate Psychology degree, and a Masters Degree in Community Counseling. She has been a trainer for the National Drug Court Institute. She has been the Director of Needs Assessment for the Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health, Charter Greenville Behavioral Health and CPC Parkwood Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She has run her own Daycare Center in South Carolina in a program for underprivileged children that allowed them to attend private daycare. She oversaw a staff of 15 full-time and part-time employees. She served in the Newton County District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney for approximately nine years, all being served in the Juvenile Court, while also trying felony cases as the Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney. She was appointed as Associate Probate Judge in August of 2019.

“We also want to thank Interim Juvenile Judge Jenny Carter for stepping in and stabilizing Juvenile Court after the untimely and tragic death of Judge Sheri Roberts. We cannot thank her enough for the job she did,” Ott said. “We congratulate and wish the best for Judges Rhymer and Branche.”

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