Gov. Kemp makes historic appointment to the Fayette Superior Court

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New Fayette Superior Court Judge Rhonda Kreuziger. Photo/Submitted.
New Fayette Superior Court Judge Rhonda Kreuziger. Photo/Submitted.

For the first time, Fayette County and the Griffin Judicial Circuit have a black and a woman as a superior court judge.

Her name is Rhonda Kreuziger, and she lives in Fayetteville.

Governor Brian P. Kemp on July 20 announced his appointment of Judge Kreuziger to fill the Superior Court vacancy in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Kreuziger will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Chris Edwards. The Griffin Judicial Circuit comprises Spalding, Pike, Fayette, and Upson counties.

Judge Kreuziger issued the following statement following the announcement of her appointment:

“I am deeply grateful to Governor Kemp for selecting me as his intended appointment to the Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court. I am also deeply grateful for broad support from attorneys, clerks, court personnel, and members of the public. 

“The paramount duty of a judge is to follow the law, ensuring the litigants are provided due process. I will always seek wisdom in applying the rule of law to render fair and impartial judgments. I look forward to continuing my public service in this important role in our judicial system.”

Rhonda Kreuziger holds her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and a law degree from the John Marshall Law School. She has served as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge since August 2020.

She previously served as Chief Judge of the City of Fayetteville Municipal Court from July 2018 to August 2020. From June 2006 to August 2020, she was a Criminal Law, Family Law, and General Civil Litigation Attorney at the Kreuziger Law Firm.

She was an Assistant District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit from September 2002 to October 2003, and again from June 2004 to June 2006.

Judge Kreuziger lives in Fayetteville.

Former Judge Edwards resigned to return to his first love, private practice and trial law cases. He is based in Griffin. Then-Chief Judge Edwards nominated Kreuziger to be considered by the Judicial Nominating Commission, which selects a short list for final choice by the governor.

“Although Rhonda’s appointment will break two historic barriers to entry upon the Superior Court bench in this Circuit, Rhonda has earned the honor on her great merit,” Edwards said in his letter, published also in The Citizen.  As a former practicing scientist, Rhonda’s analytic methodical thought is needed to help lead my Circuit into the future. Rhonda has proven in her advocacy as a trial lawyer, and as a judge, that she understands trial courts to have the duty to follow the law, not to set policy contrary to law.

“Her judicial temperament will be excellent. She has the respect of the trial bar as a skilled principled trial lawyer. Superior Court judge is not a position for on-the-job training. Her depth of jury trial experience qualifies her to immediately conduct a murder jury trial or divorce jury trial,” Edwards wrote.

Kreuziger joins the current bench of judges: W. Fletcher Sams (Fayetteville), Scott L. Ballard (Fayetteville), Ben J. Miller, Jr. (Griffin), and Benjamin D. Coker (Thomaston).

13 COMMENTS

  1. Well said.
    Here youthful appearance belies her tremendous experience since the early 1990s (per LinkedIn)
    I really like that she has some non-law experience before law school ( a degree in micro-biology and forensics as a profession) as well.
    I wish her well and hope she is remembers grace and original interpretation of the laws written

  2. Can we please stop making a big deal out of this judge’s race and gender? She earned the position not because of her skin color and not because of her gender, but on the merits of her professional achievements and accomplishments. Why must skin color be injected into this?

    • Wing – Read the comments under “Peachtree City traffic stop becomes violent,” for the answer to your question. Sadly, in America, it’s always about race, even though conservative state legislatures outlaw history lessons so they won’t be reminded.

        • A partial list:

          “Harvey statue”
          “Driving while black”
          “Riverdale”
          “The photo says it all.”
          “POS”
          “Defund the police”
          And Andy, you throw in “Coolio” just to make sure there is no mistake that he is a gangster-rapping thug wannabe.

          Who needs a dog whistle when you can use a megaphone?

          • I see you are unable to distinguish between race and racism. You’re part of the problem, pretending to be part of the solution.

          • PT Andy – Please read the thread again. I answered Wing’s question citing the ubiquity of race being injected into America in general and The Citizen posts in particular. I followed by demonstrating this assertion with excerpts from posts from a particular Citizen article of crime allegedly perpetrated locally by a Black man from Massachusetts.

            Although it would not surprise me to discover racism in the posters of these comments, alas, I have neither method to determine the posters’ intentions nor any clear knowledge of their ethnocentric ideology given the briefness of these communications. Thus, I never alleged racism as you mistakenly contend. That would go beyond the data to which I am privy.

            Apparently, only god and Trey Hoffman can divine the intentions of others without clear evidence.

      • STF – commenters are gonna say what they are gonna say. My comment was directed explicitly at the news article and the headline. And your “PTC Arrest” article – no mention of the offender’s skin tone in the headline or article.

    • Amen… she’s the perfect example of a person of great integrity, ability, and a true discerning spirit.

      I can think of no finer person to fill this position.

      I highly respect her and trust her implicitly.