HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A one-time Hattiesburg city prosecutor who was appointed by former Governor Haley Barbour to fill the unexpired term of Chancery Judge Gene Fair has officially been sworn-in to office. Ronald Doleac took the oath of office from Senior Chancellor Johnny Williams at the Paul B. Johnson, Jr. Chancery Court building Friday afternoon.
Barbour appointed Doleac to fill Judge Fair's position after Fair was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
Doleac previously served as a special master for the Forrest County Chancery Court and has been practicing law for nearly 40 years.
"I think 40 years of law practice and especially having the opportunity to work with the chancery court as special master has familiarized me with the matters that come before the court and of course, I intend to continue to do my very best," said Doleac.
A special election for the 10th Chancery Court position will be held on Nov. 6.
Judge Doleac says he will be a candidate in that election.