Woodstock Planning Commissioner and attorney Robert Tidwell will start the new year as the new municipal judge for the city.

According to the city, Municipal Court Judge Philip Taylor is leaving his post to take a job in the Justice Department.

The lead municipal judge is appointed by the city council, which they voted to do after an executive session Monday. Tidwell was set to be sworn in by the council Dec. 6, and begin serving as a judge part-time Jan. 6.

Tidwell is a partner at Tidwell Strimban, an injury law firm in Woodstock. He also is a member of the city planning commission, which meets once a month to make recommendations to the city council on planning and zoning cases.

“I have lived here in Woodstock for 17 years and have been fortunate enough to have my practice here for the past six years,” Tidwell said to the Tribune. “I absolutely love this community and I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity.”

Woodstock’s municipal court handles traffic cases, misdemeanors and city code violations. The city has one other part-time judicial position, a judge pro hac vice, filled by Judge Luke Mayes.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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