The first swearing-in of the Judicial Council of Georgia in 1973. Left to Right: 1. Governor Jimmy Carter; 2. Gus Cleveland, President of State Bar of Georgia; 3. Sonny Seiler, President-Elect of State Bar of Georgia; 4. James O’Connor, (the one who immediately resigned in Judge Followill’s story) Superior Court for the Oconee Circuit; 5. Ernest Tidwell, Superior Court of Fulton County (Atlanta Circuit); 6. Judge Kenneth B. Followill, City Court of Columbus; 7. J. Bowie Gray, Superior Court for the Tifton Circuit; 8. Walter McMillan, Superior Court for the Middle Circuit; 9. Robert Hull, Court of Appeals of Georgia (at the time, later Supreme Court of Georgia, and then a federal judge in N.D. Ga.); 10. William Kaye Stanley, Probate Court of Bibb County; 11. Hal Bell, Superior Court of the Macon Circuit Absent: William Gunter of Supreme Court of Georgia
Also in 1973
The AOC was created to function as a service organization, coordinating and assisting all the courts in their management problems. The job description for the first Director sought a professional court administrator who could operate under a broad-based policy-making judicial council
After a nationwide search, James C. Dunlap, criminal court manager from Houston Texas was hired as the first Director of the JC/AOC.