OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Governor Phil Bryant has selected a former U. S. Attorney to fill a vacancy in the 18th Chancery Court District.
Robert Whitwell will be sworn in as the new judge Wednesday at 4 p.m. during a ceremony in Oxford.
Whitwell has worked for nearly 40 years in the legal profession, including stints as a municipal judge and as U. S. Attorney for the Northern District during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
He also served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General for the U. S. Department of Justice.
Whitwell currently works in private practice as a partner in Farese, Farese & Farese.
Chancery Court District 18 includes Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, and Tippah County.
Whitwell fills the seat left vacant with the death earlier this year of Judge Edwin H. Roberts.