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City Attorney Jimmy Nunn bids farewell to City Council

Selma City Attorney Jimmy Nunn had his final City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Nunn will be sworn in as Dallas County Probate Judge on Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Wallace Community College’s Gymnasium. He replaces Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard, who retires next month. Nunn is the first black Dallas County Probate Judge.

The city council and citizens in attendance gave Nunn a standing ovation for his 21 years of service under three different mayor administrations: Rev. James Perkins, George Evans and Darrio Melton.

“My family and I would like to thank the city council and the people who voted for me as Probate Judge,” Nunn said.

Nunn also thanked Perkins, Evans and Melton during his 21 years as city attorney.

“Perkins recommended me to the council and the council didn’t have to hire me,” Nunn said.
“I appreciated both Evans and Melton for keeping me. They didn’t have to retain me as city attorney.”

Councilwoman and council president Pro tem Angela Benjamin referred to Nunn by his campaign slogan, “There’s Nunn like Jimmy.”

Nunn arrived to the city council after serving as Dallas County Assistant District Attorney and admitted it was a challenge.

“I didn’t know what an ordinance or resolution was,” Nunn said. “I had practiced two years prosecuting under District Attorney Edgar Greene.”

Greene, who attended the council meeting, said he enjoyed watching Nunn develop into a solid politician.

“We’ve got a good Probate Judge coming into Dallas County,” Greene said.

Nunn said he’s ready to start the next stage of his career and work with County Commissioners Valerie Reubin, Larry Nickles, Roy Moore and Curtis Williams next month. His first meeting as Probate Judge will be on Jan. 14.

“I’m looking forward to succeeding Kim Ballard,” Nunn said. “Ballard has been very helpful with the transition. The County Commissioners have been helpful.”