The lawyers seeking the judicial posts include a former judge, a state representative, a federal public defender, two prosecutors and others.
Deal will choose replacements for DeKalb State Court Judge Eleanor Ross, who is now a U.S. district court judge, and DeKalb Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker, who plans to retire March 1.
The Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission decided on the short list for the posts after culling through 72 people nominated for the positions. Interviews for the jobs were conducted Monday, and Deal will have the final say.
The finalists are:
- Tony DelCampo, who a former DeKalb State Court judge who went into private practice in 2011.
- Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, whose legal practice focuses on bankruptcy law.
- V. Natasha Perdew Silas, a senior federal public defender who was previously nominated by President Barrack Obama to a federal judgeship.
- Nicole Golden, DeKalb County’s chief assistant district attorney.
- Rebecca Crumrine Rieder, a domestic law attorney who is the chairwoman of the Georgia State Bar’s Family Law Section.
- Jean-Paul (JP) Boulee, a commercial and securities litigation attorney who is a former Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army.
- Ronnie Dixon, a Fulton County deputy district attorney.
- Jeffrey Stump, a senior assistant Georgia attorney general.