Coffee County court system works to fill Kaminski’s vacancy


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Coffee County court system is already working to fill the gap left by former judge Christopher Kaminski after his abrupt resignation.

Although the final decision of who will fill the vacancy is left to Governor Kay Ivey, sources say there are three main options:

  1. An interim judge will be appointed
  2. The vacancy will be filled by retired judges
  3. Gov. Ivey will appoint someone until the position can be put on the ballot for the upcoming primary election.

Sources told News 18 the most probable option is to have the vacancy temporarily filled by retired judges.

However, no matter what decision is made, the court system will have to make a choice soon as Coffee County district judges’ caseloads are usually one of the biggest in the Wiregrass—with cases coming from Enterprise and Elba.

Yet, even with the heavy workload, sources said the courts will try to keep up with cases as much as possible.

One resident said she hopes the situation is resolved so everyone involved can move forward.

“The city must continue to go forward,” said resident Gail Bryant Penny. “However, in looking for a new person, make sure that person is going to be honest in doing the right thing for the community.”

The statewide primary election is set for March 3, 2020.

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