Governor Kay Ivey made an official appointment Friday morning.

In a letter sent to Floyd, Gov. Ivey stated, “effective immediately, you will serve in the position previously held by Judge Kim Chaney. As one of my appointees, you will be making important decisions that directly affect the citizens of Alabama. I have made honesty and integrity a priority in my administration, and I know that you will embody these two virtues while serving the people of Alabama.”

“For the past decade, it has been my intention to seek the seat of District Judge, Place 1, whenever Judge Chaney concluded his service. I didn’t know whether Judge Chaney would stop serving after 24 years, 30 years, or more. I had anticipated seeking this office for the first time in the Primary Election in May of 2022; however, Judge Chaney’s retirement advanced the timeline to today. I have been fortunate during the course of my legal career to have practiced in front of many excellent judges. While the appointment is effective immediately, I anticipate taking the bench for the first time during the week of March 23rd. Once the Cullman County Commission determines the direction that they wish to take with their legal services, I hope to apprise their new attorney of each pending matter in which I am presently engaged. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the Cullman County Commission for giving me the opportunity to grow professionally, and personally, during my 4.5 years of service to the County. I am incredibly humbled and honored by the confidence that Governor Ivey has placed in me with this appointment. There were seven incredibly qualified and well-deserving candidates who interviewed with the Governor’s Office for this position. I will strive daily to serve the citizens of Cullman County, and the State of Alabama, with fairness and impartiality.” – J. Chad Floyd

Congratulations to J. Chad Floyd. Filling Judge Kim Chaney’s shoes will obviously be a tough task. There is no doubt newly appointed Judge Floyd will fill this role perfectly.