- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Circuit Judge Mark Mahon will become the new chief judge for the Jacksonville-based 4th Judicial Circuit.

The results of a secret ballot were announced Thursday. The circuit’s 54 judges selected Mahon over Judge Lance Day.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1sIzbR1 ) reports Mahon will technically be an interim chief judge until the end of July 2015, when Moran’s term expires. Mahon says he is “honored and humbled” by the selection.

The position opened up when Chief Judge Donald Moran announced that he will retire in January. He has served has chief judge since March 1993.

A chief judge administers the circuit and county courts, overseeing the budget, judicial assignments and courthouse rules.

Mahon was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Charlie Crist. He served on the state legislature for seven years.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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