Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed E. Trenton “Trent” Brown III of Eatonton to the position of judge of the State Court of Putnam County Monday, according to a Governor’s Office press release.

Brown is ready to get to work and will be sworn in on Good Friday.

“I appreciate this great honor the governor has bestowed upon me,” Brown said. “It is a great opportunity and responsibility.”

Brown is filling the position left vacant by the retirement of the Honorable Jesse Copeland Jr., who held the position for nearly 12 years.

“Judge Copeland left me with some great shoes to fill,” Brown said. “I plan to do all in my power to fill the position with his same honor and fairness.”

Brown intended to run for election to the position in November before being appointed and said he will run in November as planned.

District 4 Putnam County Commissioner Billy Webster is thrilled with the appointment.

“I have known Trent for about seven years, and I worked with him when he was on the Board of Election and Registration. He is an outstanding young man. I think he is going to be exactly what the Putnam County state court needs to move it forward.”

Webster said he is sad to see Copeland go but believes Brown is an excellent replacement.

“He is probably the best person we could have found to move Putnam County forward as Judge Copeland did,” Webster said.

The judgeship is part time and Brown will continue his private practice, which will soon be located back in Eatonton.

“I currently have a practice in Greensboro,” Brown said. “I previously practiced in Eatonton, and several months ago I began to work on my office across the street from the court house. That office should be open in about a month.”

Brown opened his practice Trenton Brown III, P.C. in Eatonton in 1999 and worked for a year as an associate attorney with the law firm of Smith, Welch and Brittain in McDonough before returning to his private practice, Brown said.

Brown was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board and is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, according to the governor’s office press release.

Brown is a 1999 graduate of Mercer University School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia. Brown is married to Jill and they are expecting their first child, a girl they will name Brenlee Addison.

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