BREAKING NEWS: Chad Floyd appointed new Cullman County district judge

Chad Floyd (file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Attorney Chad Floyd has been appointed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as Cullman County District Judge, Place 1. Ivey’s Press Secretary Gina Maiola made the announcement Friday.

“The governor has appointed Chad Floyd to serve as Cullman County District Judge, Place 1. The appointment is effective immediately,” she said.

Floyd will fill the seat formerly occupied by former District Judge Kim Chaney, who retired last month after 27 years on the bench.

Friday afternoon, Floyd told The Tribune, “I am thrilled for the opportunity. I’m really, honestly, more than anything, I think I’m humbled at the governor’s confidence in me, to trust me with the job. I look forward to being able to serve the citizens here. There’s a lot to do. I’m really excited and ready to get to work.”

Cullman County Presiding Judge Gregory Nicholas said, “There were several qualified applicants that interviewed with the governor for the position. The governor’s decision was, undoubtedly, a difficult one, but the governor made a great choice in appointing Chad Floyd as the next district court judge for Cullman County. I’m confident he’ll do an outstanding job, and I’m looking forward to working with him in the future.”

Floyd commended his fellow applicants for the post, saying, “I was shocked, because there were seven applicants, and I think the county would have been well-served by going with any of them. They were seven great applicants, I thought, and so I was just beside myself when the governor called and had appointed me . . . Everybody was equally qualified. Everybody was absolutely more than qualified to do the job.”

Floyd continued, “For the past decade, it has been my intention to seek the seat of District Judge, Place 1, whenever Judge Chaney concluded his service.  I didn’t know whether Judge Chaney would stop serving after 24 years, 30 years or more.  I had anticipated seeking this office for the first time in the Primary Election in May of 2022; however, Judge Chaney’s retirement advanced the timeline to today.  I have been fortunate during the course of my legal career to have practiced in front of many excellent judges.  While the appointment is effective immediately, I anticipate taking the bench for the first time during the week of March 23.  Once the Cullman County Commission determines the direction that they wish to take with their legal services, I hope to apprise their new attorney of each pending matter in which I am presently engaged.  I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the Cullman County Commission for giving me the opportunity to grow professionally, and personally, during my 4.5 years of service to the County.  I am incredibly humbled and honored by the confidence that Governor Ivey has placed in me with this appointment.  There were seven incredibly qualified and well-deserving candidates who interviewed with the Governor’s Office for this position. I will strive daily to serve the citizens of Cullman County, and the State of Alabama, with fairness and impartiality.”   

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