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Brooks appointed probate judge

Gov. Robert Bentley’s office notified Stacy Brooks Wednesday morning that he has appointed her probate judge of Covington County, effective April 11, 2016.

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Brooks, who lives in Andalusia, will fill the remainder of Ben Bowden’s probate term. The probate job became open when Bowden was elected circuit judge in March, and was appointed to fill the remainder of retiring Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan’s elected term in March.

At present, Brooks, who was admitted to the Bar Association in 2000, practices with Jones & Jones Attorneys in Andalusia. She graduated from Troy State University and Jones School of Law. Brooks is an assistant district attorney, and serves as the Drug Court prosecutor. She also is the municipal court judge in both River Falls and Gantt. She also is the county attorney.

“It’s going to be a change, but I look forward to it,” she said. “I am excited about that. I don’t foresee any big changes because the office runs wells. More intention is to get in there, get more familiar with the operation, andsee what I can do.”

Brooks said she previously filled in for Bowden when he was on military duty, and is familiar with many aspects of probate court.

“I like dealing with the elderly people, conservatorships, estates, and mental commitments,” she said. “That is a position in which you can help the people who need the help the most.”

She and her husband, Corey Brooks, have two children, Conner and Caroline. She is the daughter of Jerry and Anita Bryan of Opp.

A swearing-in ceremony has tentatively been planned for Monday afternoon.