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Governor picks White to serve on 10th Judicial Circuit bench

Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White confirmed Friday her selection to the bench of the 10th Judicial Circuit.

The 10th Judicial Circuit includes circuit courts in the counties of Halifax, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Prince Edward.

Chief Judge Leslie M. Osborn and Presiding Judge Joel C. Cunningham currently serve Halifax Circuit Court and the 10th Judicial Circuit, and White will fill a vacancy on the bench created when Judge Richard S. Blanton retired.

“I am extremely flattered and honored that the governor has confidence in me to be our next circuit court judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit,” White said Friday.

“I look forward to continuing my career in public service in that way.

“It has been a long process, but I really appreciate all the thought and research and vetting the governor’s office has done.”

“Judges Osborn and Cunningham have certainly been carrying more than their fair share for our circuit, so I welcome the opportunity to assist them,” added White.

White said that once Gov. McDonnell issues the appointment she expects to be sworn in shortly thereafter and begin her duties as a circuit court judge.

“It will be an interim appointment,” she pointed out.  “My appointment will have to be reconfirmed by the General Assembly shortly after they reconvene in January.”

White has served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Halifax County since 2004, and prior to that as an assistant and deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg.

She was also a special assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

Also on Friday, Gov. McDonnell announced the appointment of Jack S. “Chip” Hurley Jr. to the Circuit Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit.

“I am pleased to appoint these highly qualified individuals to the Circuit Court,” Gov. McDonnell said Friday.

“Judge Hurley has served with distinction on the General District Court for the last seven years, and Kim has honorably served the people of Halifax County as their Commonwealth’s Attorney for the last eight years.

“Both Kim and Judge Hurley are respected in the legal field and active members of their communities.

“They were selected from a pool of several highly qualified candidates, whom I thank for an interest in serving the Commonwealth.”