On Tuesday, December 2, Governor Robert Bentley appointed former Alabama Bureau of Investigation Captain Joe Nabors to Place One District Court Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama beginning January 1, 2015. This appointment will complete the unexpired term of Judge Bill Russell. Nabors has been an attorney in Alabama since 1996 and has practiced law in both the federal and state courts. He is currently the Executive Director and attorney for a non-profit organization which provides services to child abuse victims for the 7th Judicial Circuit. Nabors serves as the Chairman of the Etowah County Republican Executive Committee and as their legal advisor.