The commissioner of Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice has been appointed chief magistrate judge in Murray County.
The department says Commissioner L. Gale Buckner announced Tuesday that she will retire, effective Nov. 1. The Murray County chief magistrate post is open following the resignation in August of former chief magistrate Bryant Cochran amid an inquiry over allegations that he pre-signed warrants for law enforcement officials.
Buckner reminded department employees in a letter that she delayed her retirement from state service last year when Gov. Nathan Deal asked her to take over when the agency was in crisis because of safety and security problems. She says in the letter that she is satisfied that the agency is now "on a stable path."