On June 28th, 2010, Howard Z. Simms, District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, resigned his position as District Attorney and qualified to run Judge of the Superior Court of the Macon Judicial Circuit. Simms has been District Attorney for nine and a half years and was an assistant district attorney for twelve years prior to his election as the circuit's chief prosecutor.
During his tenure in the District Attorney's Office, Simms served in a variety of roles, prosecuting all manner of felony cases. He began his career as a juvenile prosecutor then moved on to general felonies and narcotics. From there he became one of the office's gang and violent crimes prosecutors. He was also chief of the office's appellate division for over a decade.
After learning that the Honorable Lamar Sizemore would retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election, Simms decided to seek that position in order to bring what he feels is the much needed perspective of a state prosecutor to the bench. He feels that his many years of service to the community would provide a unique insight to many of the issues that currently confront the bench.
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