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District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

by | Feb 13, 2017 | Breaking News, City News, Community, County, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, People, Politics

District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

“Being a district judge has been one of the greatest honors of my life.” – The Honorable District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

A near capacity crowd of comprised of citizen well-wishers, elected officials, and prominent dignitaries filled the large 3rd-floor Circuit Courtroom at the Cullman County Courthouse on Friday afternoon.

The occasion was to witness the administration of the Oath of Office and Investiture of Robes for the Honorable Kim J. Chaney 32nd Judicial Circuit Judge.

The ceremony was officiated by Circuit Judge Gregory Nicholas flanked by Martha Williams Circuit Judge and Wells Turner III District Judge. Cullman Bar Association President Perry Knight delivered both the invocation and benediction.

Judge Chaney’s wife, Maureen, and the couple’s adult children, Alex and Emily, were at his side during the ceremony.

District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

This auspicious event was open to the public with an invitation to all citizens welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Judge Chaney was the unopposed winner on the General Election ballot for Cullman County District Court Judge (Place 1) on November 8, 2016.

You can see the Oath of Office being administered to Judge Chaney by Judge Nicholas as well as the Investiture of Robes in this video:

District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

Prior to conducting the Oath ceremony, Judge Nicholas used the spotlight of the podium to offer a colorful, humorous yet serious accounting of Judge Chaney’s credentials and historical career record:

Tribute To Judge Kim Chaney

by Judge Gregory Nicholas | District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

 District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

The Honorable Kim J. Chaney was sworn into his first term as District Judge in 1993. Twenty-four years later, he embarks on a fifth-term that will place him on the bench for 30 years.

He is already the longest-serving District Judge in Cullman County. In 2018, he will make history by becoming the longest-serving District or Circuit Court Judge in the State of Alabama.

Chaney’s accomplishments outside the courtroom are MANY and include:

• Member of the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force.

• Founded the Cullman County Community Corrections program

• President of the Alabama District Judges’ Association

• President of the Alabama Association of Drug Court Professionals

• President of the Alabama Juvenile Judges’ Association

In this video, you can see the entirety of Judge Chaney’s remarks to the audience following his Oath & Investiture:

District Judge Kim Chaney Sworn In Begins Fifth Term

Judge Chaney closed the ceremony by saying:

“… with your continued support, and prayer, I’m going to work hard every day and make sure that Cullman County is a safe place and a good place to live, work and raise our families.”

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