ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell’s ballot in November will not contain any language about whether the city should elect or appoint a municipal judge.
The City Council met Wednesday, Aug. 28 to decide the issue. They were pressed for time since Fulton County – who manages the county elections – mandated any questions or election to go on the ballots be turned in by Sept. 3.
Roswell is the last city in the state yet to decide on an elected judge, a post longtime judge Maurice Hilliard held for thirty years before his sudden resignation two weeks ago. All other cities have appointed judges. Alpharetta will move to an appointed judge Jan. 1, 2014.
Council member Betty Price said it was important to have an independent judiciary, separate from the council.
“In an appointed system, the judge serves at the pleasure of the council,” Price said. “If it is elected, the council can only remove him with cause.