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Fayette Chief Magistrate Floyd dies

Fayette County’s Chief Magistrate, Charles “Chuck” Floyd Jr., died overnight, court officials have said.

When Floyd, 53, was appointed to the position in 2002, he became Fayette’s first-ever African American judge. He subsequently was elected to the post in 2004 and won re-election in 2008.

Fellow Magistrate Bob Ruppenthal in a statement today said that Floyd “served the citizens of Fayette County with integrity.”

“Chuck will be greatly missed,” Ruppenthal said.

Details of Floyd’s death are unavailable and funeral arrangements are expected to be released later by the family.

Floyd graduated law school at Suffolk University in Boston and has been practicing in Georgia since 1981. In a 2002 profile upon his appointment as chief magistrate, Floyd said he was “flattered and honored” to be considered for the job.

Among the duties of Fayette magistrates are the ability to set bond, or hold a defendant without bond, for nearly all criminal offenses. Magistrates also review citizen applications for arrest warrants along with holding “small claims” court and officiating over dispossessory (eviction) cases.



cogitoergofay's picture

Any eulogy to Chuck Floyd should include a reference to the leadership he displayed in leading Fayette County out of a time of strife. When Chuck was appointed by Chief Superior Court Judge Ben Miller in 2002, our Magistrate Court was embroiled in front page crisis. Remarkably, Chuck nearly instantly put the Court "back on track". He did so in such an immediate fashion that everyone forgot what the crisis was all about. Rest easy, my friend, and thank you.

we have lost a really great judge. he was always fair and treated everyone the same. he will never be replaced. we'll miss you dearly judge floyd.

grittykitty's picture

What a sudden, sad loss. Our prayers are with his family.

I knew him through work before he became magistrate judge and thought he was a wonderful person, always upbeat, yet focused. After he was appointed, he absolutely lit up when I saw him and called him "Judge Floyd". He truly was honored to have his job and it is a shock that he is gone at such a young age. How wonderful to have known this man. Fayette has lost not only a great judge, but a wonderful person.

Many of us were worried when Judge Miller appointed Judge Floyd in 2002; Not because of Judge Floyd, but worries of Judge Miller's motives because of Miller's dislike of Fayette County. Judge Floyd's conduct set us at ease as he came through as a true professional. Sad to here he's gone so young.


Obviously many thought Judge Floyd might act as Miller wished, I assume.

ilockemup's picture

Sorry, Bruce...If there was anyone that Judge Miller didn't like (or trust) it was you and not Fayette County. Have a nice day !

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