Gov. Bentley names new Supreme Court Chief Justice

Charles "Chuck" Malone at a news conference Monday in which he accepted the position of Chief Justice.
Charles "Chuck" Malone at a news conference Monday in which he accepted the position of Chief Justice.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Charles R. "Chuck" Malone, his current Chief of Staff, to be the next Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Malone takes over for outgoing Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, who announced her plans to resign on June 29. Cobb cited the partisan way judges are selected and current funding problems in her decision to step down. She also said she wanted to spend more time with her family.

"Judge Malone brings a perfect blend of judicial and administrative expertise needed for this position," Governor Bentley said."

Malone was named Bentley's Chief of Staff in January, but previously served as the Presiding Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Tuscaloosa, Bentley's hometown.

Cobb was the first female Chief Justice on Alabama's Supreme Court and one of only two Democrats holding statewide level elected office.

Now that Gov. Bentley has appointed a member of his own party to replace Cobb, PSC President Lucy Baxley is the sole Democrat remaining in statewide office. The State Supreme Court is now all Republican.

"My entire career has prepared me with a solid foundation to serve as the Chief Justice and to uphold our state constitution and the constitution of the United States of America," Malone said after accepting the position.

Malone is a member of the Alabama Association of Circuit Judges and was President of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association in 1999-2000, having previously served as the Association's Secretary and Vice President.

He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association. Judge Malone has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Commerce and Business.

Malone is married and has two adult children.

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