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“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#21 Dec 13, 2012
JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT
Qualifications
1. Must be a citizen of the United States.
2. Must have been a resident of the county for at least two years prior to qualifying for election
to the office and must continue residing there.
3. Must be a registered voter.
4. Must have attained the age of 25 years prior to the date of qualifying for election to the
office.
5. Must have obtained a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
6. Must not have not been convicted of a felony or offense involving moral turpitude.
7. Must file, in addition to the notice of candidacy, an affidavit with the officer before whom
he or she qualifies to seek the office of judge of the probate court, prior to or at the time
of qualifying, affirming that he or she meets all the required qualifications for such office.
O.C.G.A. 15-9-2
8. The General Assembly may provide by law for additional qualifications, including, but
not limited to, minimum residency requirements.
Ga. Const. Art. 6, 7, 2; Art. 9, 1, 3
O.C.G.A. 45-2-1, 15-9-2
Annotation:
A candidate may live in one county while remaining domiciled in another and still meet
the county residency requirement for the office of judge of the probate court. Evidence
that compels a finding that a candidate claimed more than the one homestead exemption
to which he was entitled does not necessarily compel a finding that the candidate
intended to change his county of domicile. Johnson v. Byrd, 263 Ga. 173; 429 S.E. 2d
923 (1993).
9. Additional qualifications in counties with a population over 96,000 according to the
United States decennial census of 1990 or any future such census include the following:
a) Must not engage in the private practice of law.
b) Must have attained the age of 30 at the time of election.
c) Must have been admitted to practice law for seven years preceding election.
O.C.G.A. 15-9-4

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#22 Dec 13, 2012
Manic Mouse wrote:
<quoted text>Well that's interesting. Martin Gillette was never an Associate Judge or an attorney, he had a wrecker service and prior to that a car dealership. Judge Proctor was never an Attorney or Assoc. Judge when he ran for Probate Judge. So I think you are not correct. None of the elected officials have to have prior training to run for office except the Sheriff's office and I think they have to have some law enforcement background.
WRONG. You can run for sheriff with no relevant experience whatsoever.
SHERIFF
Qualifications
1. Must have been a resident of the county for at least two years immediately preceding the
date of qualifying for election to the office.
O.C.G.A. 15-16-1 (c)(1)(B)

Graham, 142 Ga. App. 498, 236 S.E.2d 92 (1977).
2. Must be a registered voter and have attained the age of at least 25 at the time of qualifying
as a candidate.
3. Must have obtained a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent in educational
training as established by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
4. Must be a citizen of the United States.
5. Must not have been convicted of a felony offense or any offense involving moral turpitude
contrary to the laws of this state, or any other state, or the United States, provided,
however, that a plea of nolo contendere to a felony offense or any offense involving moral
turpitude contrary to the laws of this state shall have the same effect as a plea of guilty,
thereby disqualifying such a person from holding the office of sheriff.
6. Must be fingerprinted and have a search made of local, state, and national fingerprint
files to disclose any criminal record, which fingerprints are to be taken under the direction
of the judge of the probate court, and must be taken on or before, but no later than,
the close of qualification for election to the office of sheriff.
7. Must give a complete written history of his or her places of residence for a period of six
years immediately preceding the qualification date, giving house number or RFD number,
street, city, county, and state as well as a complete written history of his or her places
of employment for a period of six years immediately preceding the qualification date,
giving period of time employed, and name and address of employer.
Ga. Const. Art. 9, 1, 3
O.C.G.A. 15-16-1 (c)(1)
163

4. A person otherwise possessing the qualifications to hold the office of sheriff may
not be barred from such office because of his or her blindness. Op. Atty. Gen.
U80-1.
8. Each candidate for the office of sheriff must be a registered peace officer or a certified
peace officer. Any person who is not a registered or certified peace officer at the time
such person assumes the office of sheriff shall be required to complete satisfactorily the
requirements for certification within six months after such person takes office.
O.C.G.A. 15-16-1 (c)(1)(J)

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#23 Dec 13, 2012
Hmm, how about "Sheriff Gary Blunt?" Er, Blount.
ANON

Saint Simons Island, GA

#24 Dec 13, 2012
Shirley did not have seven years of lawyer practice.
Joe

Saint Marys, GA

#25 Dec 13, 2012
Moreno Jay wrote:
JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT
Qualifications
1. Must be a citizen of the United States.
2. Must have been a resident of the county for at least two years prior to qualifying for election
to the office and must continue residing there.
3. Must be a registered voter.
4. Must have attained the age of 25 years prior to the date of qualifying for election to the
office.
5. Must have obtained a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
6. Must not have not been convicted of a felony or offense involving moral turpitude.
7. Must file, in addition to the notice of candidacy, an affidavit with the officer before whom
he or she qualifies to seek the office of judge of the probate court, prior to or at the time
of qualifying, affirming that he or she meets all the required qualifications for such office.
O.C.G.A. 15-9-2
8. The General Assembly may provide by law for additional qualifications, including, but
not limited to, minimum residency requirements.
Ga. Const. Art. 6, 7, 2; Art. 9, 1, 3
O.C.G.A. 45-2-1, 15-9-2
Annotation:
A candidate may live in one county while remaining domiciled in another and still meet
the county residency requirement for the office of judge of the probate court. Evidence
that compels a finding that a candidate claimed more than the one homestead exemption
to which he was entitled does not necessarily compel a finding that the candidate
intended to change his county of domicile. Johnson v. Byrd, 263 Ga. 173; 429 S.E. 2d
923 (1993).
9. Additional qualifications in counties with a population over 96,000 according to the
United States decennial census of 1990 or any future such census include the following:
a) Must not engage in the private practice of law.
b) Must have attained the age of 30 at the time of election.
c) Must have been admitted to practice law for seven years preceding election.
O.C.G.A. 15-9-4
Looks like you have been checking the qualifications out.
You know you have to be able to work with people in these kind of jobs. It is also helpful to have management experience too.
Joe

Saint Marys, GA

#26 Dec 13, 2012
Moreno Jay wrote:
Hmm, how about "Sheriff Gary Blunt?" Er, Blount.
Are you running against Blount again? Come to think TG was not a KKer so you might have a chance at the sheriffs job next time.
IDK

Covington, GA

#27 Dec 13, 2012
ANON wrote:
Shirley did not have seven years of lawyer practice.
Is it a reading or comprehension problem.......it clearly stated for populations over 96,000 you have to be admitted to the practice of law for 7 years. Thanks for posting the qualifications Jay.
whateva

Japan

#28 Dec 13, 2012
IDK wrote:
<quoted text>Is it a reading or comprehension problem.......it clearly stated for populations over 96,000 you have to be admitted to the practice of law for 7 years. Thanks for posting the qualifications Jay.
And the population of Camden County is? HINT: Less than 96,000 (by
almost half).
IDK

Covington, GA

#29 Dec 13, 2012
Exactly the point I was making to ANON......but thanks for explaining the obvious whateva.

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#30 Dec 14, 2012
IDK wrote:
<quoted text> Is it a reading or comprehension problem.......it clearly stated for populations over 96,000 you have to be admitted to the practice of law for 7 years. Thanks for posting the qualifications Jay.
You're welcome.

My experience has been that even when you take folks with that highly overrated "common sense" directly to the applicanble law, they will invaribaly misread it. That has been especially true of
ate-up with "common sense" GOBs in public office hereabouts.
Vote Tommy

Herndon, PA

#31 Dec 14, 2012
Shut the hell up Jay, we need to stay on point here and cannot do so with all your sidelining rants and raves.

You are NOTHING and will never be NOTHING and no one cares for NOTHING you got to say on here.

Vote Tommy for Probate !
IDK

Covington, GA

#32 Dec 14, 2012
No way......you "Vote Tommy" and I'll cancel your vote. That is if he even qualifies.......He is a loser.
Curtis

Woodbine, GA

#33 Dec 14, 2012
I wold like to see Tommy and Robbie go at it.
Jonnypain

Saint Marys, GA

#34 Dec 14, 2012
I love it. Tommy must have decided he wants to be a goverment employee for life. Get a real job Tommy! What happens if you lose this? County Commission? City Council?
Vote Tommy

Herndon, PA

#35 Dec 14, 2012
We need some ethical elected officials,

VOTE TOMMY FOR PROBATE !
Trigger

Calhoun City, MS

#36 Dec 14, 2012
Curtis wrote:
I wold like to see Tommy and Robbie go at it.
It would be like two hogs fighting over a trough.
Vote Tommy

Herndon, PA

#37 Dec 14, 2012
No that would be Jay and anyone else at the trough.

VOTE TOMMY FOR PROBATEY !
LOL

Saint Marys, GA

#38 Dec 15, 2012
Jay for prostate judge...he probably does not have one. LOL

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#39 Dec 16, 2012
Vote Tommy wrote:
Shut the hell up Jay, we need to stay on point here and cannot do so with all your sidelining rants and raves.
You are NOTHING and will never be NOTHING and no one cares for NOTHING you got to say on here.
Vote Tommy for Probate !
You really should Google "double negative."
Mrs B

Kingsland, GA

#40 Dec 16, 2012
No thanks. The office of Probate Judge is an extremely complicated and important role that should only be occupied with an experienced and capable individual. It is definitely not an office that a novice or could enter into and allow for "on the job" training and hope to run the office efficiently and administer estates and criminal matters. Being a one term Sheriff does not provide that experience. You may like this man and support him because he is out of a job, but making him a Judge would cause a huge disservice to the citizens of this county. I urge you to elect a capable attorney (should one be willing to run).

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