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Camden County seeking attorney
ST. MARYS -- The Camden County Commission will have more than its normal first-meeting-of-the-year housekeeping issues to discuss today.

After choosing a commission chairman for the year, commissioners will discuss a replacement for longtime county attorney Brent Green, who has accepted an appointment as Camden County Juvenile Court judge. He replaces Judge George Turner, who recently retired after serving in the position since 2006.

Green was hired as Camden County attorney in 1995 and served in the position for all but one year, until his resignation Wednesday.

County Administrator Steve Howard said he wasn't formally notified about Green being offered the judge's position until Dec. 31. He said he will be looking for direction from commissioners about hiring a replacement.

"It appears he was the most likely candidate for the job," Howard said of Green's appointment.

The county attorney position is full-time. The responsibilities include providing legal advice to commissioners, county departments and all the county's authorities and committees. Green said he spends much of his time attending meetings.

Howard said it's possible commissioners may consider making the county attorney's position part-time, hourly or other structures. "There are lots of options," he said.

While Green said he is willing to help his successor settle into the job, he said there is only so much he can do legally, because of his appointment as judge. He wants to ensure he isn't violating any oaths of office or laws with any help he gives.

"We're trying to determine that now," Green said of what he will be allowed to do. "Legally, I can't practice law. But I can say what I have done (as county attorney)."

Green said his experience in Juvenile Court since 1992 includes representing youths as public defender in Department of Juvenile Justice criminal cases. He also represented parents trying to regain custody of their children from the Division of Family and Children Services.

Green has served as an associate juvenile court judge and has completed all the necessary training for the judge's position.

It's unclear what commissioners plan for a replacement.

Green said the ideal situation is for the county to hire another full time attorney.

"I think it worked well with me," Green said. "I think they'll make a good choice, an educated choice."

Howard said he will miss working with Green.

"It was a privilege working with him," he said. "He has always given great counsel."

Howard said it's uncertain how long it will take commissioners to identify candidates and choose one. "We can't take long," Howard said. "Day to day, there's always issues."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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