Judge slot needs leadership

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 8, 2006

To the Editor:

Agree! Agree! Agree!

In response to Mr. Terry Lewis’ letter dated Aug. 6, 2006, referencing qualification of a Probate Judge, I will agree to some extent.

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This position definitely deserves to be filled by someone well educated and experienced in highly sensitive decision making.

However, having a law degree is not a prerequisite with this position.

I would like to remind Mr. Lewis that the present Probate Judge has a law degree.

For a city the size of Selma, we have been blessed with an abundance of lawyers as well as preachers.

What the Probate Judge’s office needs is leadership!

I would like to remind Mr. Lewis that the position covers a wide range of responsibilities – requiring someone with a highly respected background, experienced in sound decision making, versed with excellent communication skills, and has the ability to cross all boundaries.

Not only do the citizens of Dallas County deserve someone who is fair and just, but someone who can represent them in a dignified and professional manner.

I suggest Mr. Lewis and all the citizens of Selma and Dallas County compare the educational background and the proven leadership abilities of the two candidates vying for the Probate Judge position.

My husband as a colonel in the U.S. Army served on numerous occasions as Judge, Prosecutor or Defense during Summary and Special Court-Martials.

This responsibility far exceeds serving on various local committees and boards.

Miriam P. Wells

Valley Grande