AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Lewis Lamb, the acting district attorney for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit, has been appointed to that post by Governor Nathan Deal.
The governor's office said Tuesday that he will fill the vacancy created by the passing of the Honorable Plez Hardin. The appointment will take effect upon swearing in.
Lamb has served as the chief assistant district attorney with the Southwestern Judicial Circuit since January 2009.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of West Georgia and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Lamb has four children and resides in Leesburg.
After former D.A. Plez Hardin took his life April 8 in Sumter County, the Southwestern Judicial Circuit will be audited.
Lamb said in April that the office will be transparent and accountable.
"We have imposed significant financial controls that never existed before," said Lamb.
Lamb wants to assure the people of South Georgia that they will be taken care of.
"Everyone who is involved in handling funds at the office is going to be held accountable for their actions but there is no one, including me, who has access to any funds without oversight and review," said Lamb.
Lamb will hold the position until the next election in November 2020 and he says hopes to run again and keep the position.