Juvenile court judge resigning

Hall-Dawson Juvenile Court Judge Matthew Leipold plans to step down at the end of May after recently submitting his resignation notice to Northeastern Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jason Deal. Judge Leipold was appointed to the Juvenile Court bench two years ago.

“This job has been a wonderful experience for me, and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Hall and Dawson Counties,” Leipold said.

He did not say why he was resigning but Judge Deal, in acknowledging his decision, noted that Leipold plans to go into the “private sector.”

“Judge Leipold has done a great job for our circuit,” Deal said. “We appreciate his dedication to public service in both the Public Defender’s Office and the Juvenile Court for the last ten years. With a growing family, we understand the need to pursue a more lucrative career in the private sector. We will miss his expertise and legal acumen on the bench but wish him well in his endeavors on the other side of the bench.’

By law, Deal and the other Superior Court judges of the Northeastern Circuit will appoint a new, full-time judge for a four-year term to begin August l.