PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed a Purvis attorney to fill the vacancy in Mississippi's 10th Chancery Court District.
Rhea Sheldon will succeed Judge Dawn Beam, who was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court by Bryant in December 2015.
"Mrs. Sheldon's diverse private practice experience will serve the people of the Tenth District well," Bryant said. "I am thankful she has agreed to serve on the chancery bench, and I know she will continue the good work of Judge Dawn Beam."
Sheldon has worked in the private practice sector since 2003, and she has been a member of Sheldon & Parker, PLLC in Purvis since 2009.
"I started my career as a teacher in 1997, and I realized that I couldn't do the things that I wanted to do to help children," Sheldon said. "So I went to law school and now having been appointed a chancellor I will actually have the tools to effectuate change in children's lives."
With children being one of the most important aspects of Sheldon's job, she plans to be active with Marion County DHS.
"It's very important that I am very active with Marion County DHS and work closely with the youth court there to try to help these children," Sheldon said. "Making sure they stay in school and get educated and that their families get the help that they need to overcome any problems that they're facing is a top priority."
The 10th Chancery District covers Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry Counties.
"I am overwhelmed by the confidence Gov. Bryant has shown me by my appointment to chancery judge. Judge Dawn Beam and her predecessor Judge Sebe Dale were well respected by our bar and served the citizens of the 10th Chancery District with honor and character," Sheldon said.
Sheldon will begin her term Feb. 22.