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Davis sworn in as ninth Superior Court judge

ATLANTA - Former Gwinnett County prosecutor Tom Davis vowed Thursday to bring the patience he learned as an assistant district attorney to his new job as a Superior Court judge.

"I know I'll make some people mad with my decisions,'' Davis said during a swearing-in ceremony inside a crowded House chamber at the

Capitol.

"But I want everybody who comes in that courtroom to feel they'll have a full, unfettered opportunity to say what they want to say and have someone listen.''

Davis, of Snellville, was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue last month to the newly created ninth Superior Court judgeship in the rapidly growing Gwinnett Judicial Circuit.

After landing on the short list of judicial hopefuls three times during the past decade, Davis was chosen among five finalists for the new

judgeship.

During Thursday's ceremony, Perdue said the contest was competitive and reaching a decision was difficult.

But he said Davis distinguished himself with his lengthy career in the legal profession, including 17 years with the Gwinnett district attorney's office and 23 years as a U.S. Navy judge advocate general, nine of which were spent on active duty.

District Attorney Danny Porter, who introduced Davis on Thursday, praised his knowledge of the law and hard work in managing the office's growing caseload.

"He'll bring the ability to make the difficult decisions, the right decisions, the just decisions,'' Porter said.

"He'll bring that personal integrity and personal compassion ... that makes the difference between someone who is a technician and someone who is an artist.''

Davis said he will continue to work hard as a judge because his appointment to the post, while a recognition, does not mark an

achievement.

"The achievement comes in the way I sit on the bench,'' he said.

After fighting successfully this year for the ninth judgeship, Gwinnett's legislative delegation is gearing up to push for a 10th during the session that starts next month.

Lawmakers will argue that the county's continuing growth justifies another judgeship.