FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County Justice Court Judge Pat Causey announced his retirement after 30 years on the bench. Causey has served as justice court judge since January of 1988.
Part-time Petal City Judge Sheila Smallwood was appointed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors to take his place for a term of one year starting Jan. 1, 2018. The board selected Smallwood as a replacement for Causey until a special election can be held in November 2018.
"I'm humbled. They came to me and asked me to do it, and I was just humbled to get that opportunity to serve in that role. Very humbled," said Smallwood.