The following is a press release from Gov. Barbour's office...
Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Chancellor Gene Fair of Hattiesburg as a justice on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Fair replaces Justice William Myers, who will retire from the bench on Dec. 31.
Fair will hold the District 5, Position 1 seat on the state's second highest court. The district includes Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and parts of Wayne counties.
"Judge Fair brings extensive legal experience to the bench and will be an excellent jurist for the district," Gov. Barbour said. "I appreciate Judge Fair's commitment to serve in this new role."
The Governor's Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee reviewed applicants and recommended Fair to serve the remainder of Myers' term in accordance with Executive Order 914. The 31-member committee includes a chairman and 10 attorneys from each of the state's Supreme Court Districts.
Fair has served as Chancellor for the 10th District Chancery Court since January 2007. Previously, he was in private practice in Hattiesburg. He also served as a lieutenant commander in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Fair served as vice chairman of the Mississippi Ethics Commission from 1984 to 2004, on the Judicial Nominating Committee under Gov. William Winter and on the Mississippi Supreme Court Committee on Technology. He also was board attorney for the Pat Harrison Waterway District from 1988 to 1992. He is an Eagle Scout.
Fair, who was raised in Louisville, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.