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Jury commissioner recognized fro service
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Clerk of Superior Court Barry Wilkes, left, presents a plaque to Chuck Gaskin while Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden and Superior Court Judge Robert L. Russell III watch the presentation. - photo by Photo provided.
Charles M. “Chuck” Gaskin Jr. was recognized by local court officials last week for outstanding and meritorious services he rendered as a jury commissioner.
He was appointed to the Liberty County Jury Commission on July 14, 1999, to fulfill a partial term of office and was reappointed to succeed himself for a term beginning July 1, 2002 and ending June 30, 2008.
“Ultimately, he served almost nine years on the jury commission, which I believe is a record for any Liberty County jury commissioner,” said F. Barry Wilkes, clerk of the courts.
Members of the commission typically serve a six-year term. When a commissioner serves a partial term, he or she cannot be reappointed unless the partial term is less than three years.
During ceremonies held in conjunction with impaneling of grand jurors for the  superior court’s September term, the presiding judge, Robert L. Russell III, read a resolution prepared on behalf of the judges of the superior courts of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, the clerk of superior court of Liberty County and the citizens of Liberty County. The resolution commended Gaskin for nine years of exemplary service as a jury commissioner, performing his duties altruistically, steadfastly and in the best interests of the citizens of Liberty County.
Wilkes presented a plaque to Gaskin for his accomplishments.
Georgia law requires appointment of local jury commissioners for the purpose of compiling a jury pool that contains a sufficient number of the names of persons who are statutorily eligible to serve as trial or grand jurors, or both, Wilkes said.
The local jury commission consists of six members who serve staggered terms of office. By law, the clerk of superior court serves as a the clerk of the jury commission.     
“I’ve been privileged to work with many dedicated individuals on the jury commission during the past 26 years, but Chuck has always gone above and beyond the call of duty,” Wilkes said. “He not only distinguished himself as one of the longest-serving jury commissioners in our history, but also one of the most conscientious and hard-working.”
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