A new administrative director has been named for the state court system — Special Superior Court Judge John W. Smith.
Smith replaces Judge Ralph A. Walker, who retires on New Year's Eve, Dan Kane reports.
As director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, Smith will oversee administrative services for the state's unified court system. Gov. Mike Easley appointed him a special Superior Court judge in 2001 to work out of Wilmington. Smith has also been a district court judge, certified juvenile court judge, chief district court judge and an assistant district attorney in North Carolina.
"Judge Smith has served with excellency and dedication to the North Carolina court system," said state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker in a statement. She made the appointment. "He brings enormous commitment to the administration of justice both within the judicial branch and to the citizens of the state."
The position pays $126,738 annually.