“If the people so choose, I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Grady County as the judge of the State Court. It has been my honor and privilege to serve for the last seven-and-a-half years,” Judge Bass said.
The judge has sat on the bench since being elected in 2002 and sworn in January, 2003.
Since his election as state court judge, he has worked to make the court a model court. His initiatives have been put in place to eliminate wasted time and money in the operations of state court. The state court judge also notes that the budget for the court has not been increased in the last six years.
“My objective is to have a court that is mindful of public policy and deserving of the public trust,” Judge Bass said.
Judge Bass has practiced law here since 1985 and has been a resident of the county since 1984. He earned his law degree at Florida State University in 1985. Prior to that, he attended Huntingdon College, a Methodist college in Alabama, where he met his wife, Celia, and earned a bachelor of building science in 1971.
Judge Bass has also become very involved in the Council of State Court Judges and for the past five years has served on the organization’s executive committee.
He served for two years as the group’s secretary and is currently the organization’s president-elect.
Judge Bass will become president of the Council of State Court Judges in May.
In addition to his work with that Council, Judge Bass serves on the state’s Judicial Council, which is made up of leading judges from all classes of courts and is headed by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol Hunstein.
Judge and Mrs. Bass are the parents of two sons, Bill Jr. and Joel, both of whom are residents of Grady County. The Basses are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
The position of State Court Judge is a part-time position and Judge Bass and his son Bill Jr. practice law together in The Bass Law Firm.
Qualifying for public offices opens Monday, April 26, at 9 a.m.
In addition to State Court Judge other local offices up for election this year include Districts 2 and 5 of the county commission and board of education, as well as State Court Solicitor.