W. Allen Wigington, Chief Judge
Chief Judge W. Allen Wigington was originally appointed as a Judge in the Magistrate Court of Pickens County in August of 2008. In April 2011, Judge Wigington was appointed by the Superior Court Judges of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit as the Chief Judge of the Magistrate Court to fill an unexpired term left vacate by a retirement. He was elected to serve another four year term in 2012. Judge Wigington also serves as the Associate Judge of the Probate Court of Pickens County.
Judge Wigington serves as Vice President for the Council of Magistrate Court Judges. Judge Wigington serves as a member of the faculty for the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, which is responsible for the continuing education for all of Georgia’s judges. Judge Wigington is also the Presiding Judge for the Pre-Trial Mental Health Court.
Prior to his appointment to the Magistrate Court, Judge Wigington served for a number of years in law enforcement. With the Office of the Sheriff in Pickens County he attained and retired from the office at the rank of Chief Deputy Sheriff after service in each division and rank. Judge Wigington also served as the Chief of Police for the City of Nelson, Georgia for five years. Judge Wigington remains active in the training of law enforcement in the field of Domestic Violence. Judge Wigington served on the curriculum development committee for Rural Domestic Violence Training at the National Center for State and Local Training at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Judge Wigington served by appointment with the United States Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office in Washington, DC as a Grant Reviewer for several years. Judge Wigington holds degrees in Social Work, Criminal Justice and Justice Administration.
Judge Wigington is an active member of Jasper United Methodist Church, a member of the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Children’s Center and a member of the Board of Directors at Pickens Animal Rescue. In 2012 he was appointed to serve on the Highland Rivers Community Service Board as the Pickens County Representative. He and his wife Rosie have two children, Kate and Jack.
Richard W. Howard, Associate Judge