CORDELE, GA (WALB) - There's a new face in the district attorney's position in the Cordele judicial Circuit. Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Rigby became acting DA.
The 16-year veteran prosecutor addressed a room full of law enforcers and colleagues at a ceremony.
"There is no better profession in the world than being a prosecuting attorney," said Rigby.
Rigby takes over the unexpired term of Denise Fachini who resigned last week to run for judge.
"I told her the other day that I can never replace her. It's impossible. But she gives me something to strive towards, a motivation, a goal, to someday be," said Rigby.
Fachini will become the first female superior court judge in the Cordele circuit's history.
She was the first female district attorney in 2000 south of Atlanta. She called Rigby an exceptional prosecutor, and she looks forward to her next position on the bench.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge. I love the court system here. We have two great judges who will be remaining here in office and a great legacy with Judge Pridgen," said Judge Elect Denise Fachini.
Rigby called this moment something he's looked forward to his whole life.
Afterward, he thanked his former boss even more.
"It's just somewhat overwhelming to be able to serve in this capacity as district attorney after we've had such a great leader in Denise Fachini," said Rigby.
The Governor will make a formal appointment soon, and Rigby will run in the election for his first full term later this year.
Fachini is running unopposed to fill the seat of Chief Judge John Pridgen who announced his intention to retire earlier this year.
Her term starts January 1st.
The Cordele circuit covers Crisp, Dooly, Ben Hill, and Wilcox Counties.