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Dallas County to hold retirement party for retiring Probate Judge

A retirement party for Dallas County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Kim Ballard will be held Friday night at the George P. Evans building.

Ballard will retire at the end of the month, ending 33 years as a Dallas County elected official, including the last 12 years as probate judge. He served two terms as a city councilman, two terms as a county commissioner and two terms as a probate judge.

“I’ve got mixed feelings, but I’m looking forward to the party,” Ballard said.

Ballard said he enjoyed working with the county commissioners: Valerie Reubin, Roy Moore, Larry Nickels and Curtis Williams.

“Our friendship is strong and they all have a special place in my heart,” Ballard said.

Dallas County Probate Judge-elect Jimmy Nunn, currently Selma’s city attorney, said Ballard has been supportive with his transition. Nunn will be sworn in on Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Wallace Community College Selma Gymnasium.

“Judge Ballard and I are very close and we’ve worked together in the city for years,” Nunn said. “We have a very good working relationship.”

Ballard said Nunn will be a solid probate judge.

“I think the world of Jimmy Nunn,” Ballard said. “He’s a good man, a good family man and a good Christian man. There will be a transition, but the county commission will support him 100 percent. There’s a lot of parallels between me and Jimmy. I worked nine years on the city council and he worked for years as the city attorney. We’ve seen both sides of the aisle.”