JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday the appointment of Thomas Fowler of Jonesboro as the Division 2 Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit in Arkansas.
Fowler replaces the late Honorable William Lee Fergus, who passed away on July 20 at the age of 66.
Fowler will serve until December 31, 2016.
The position will then be on the ballot in the non-partisan general election in 2016. The candidate who is elected will serve the remainder of the original term, which expires in 2020.
"Tommy Fowler is well respected in the community and among those in the profession," Governor Hutchinson said. "He has the patience and judicial temperament to be an outstanding judge."
Fowler has served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Craighead County for 15 years and has practiced law at the Fowler Law Firm in Jonesboro for 17 years.
He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1993.
He received the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the highest honor given each year to one graduating senior.
He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Fowler currently serves as director of the American Legion Arkansas Boys State, which he has 28 years of service to.
In 2013, he was selected as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year in Arkansas' Second Judicial District.
He currently serves on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission where he has served since 2012.
He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Craighead County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney's Association.
Fowler and his wife Leslie live in Jonesboro.
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