Rhonda Kreuziger has made history in the Griffin Judicial Circuit as she is the first female and first Black selected to serve as a Superior Court judge.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced the historic appointment Tuesday.

“I am deeply grateful to Gov. Kemp for selecting me as his intended appointment to the Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court. I am also deeply grateful for broad support from attorneys, clerks, court personnel and members of the public,” Kreuziger said in a statement issued Tuesday after Kemp’s announcement.

Kreuziger is filling the vacancy created by the resignation of former Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards.

In a letter nominating Kreuziger as a candidate to fill the vacancy, Edwards wrote, “Although Rhonda’s appointment will break two historic barriers to entry upon the Superior Court bench in this circuit, Rhonda has earned the honor on her great merit. As a former practicing scientist, Rhonda’s analytic methodical thought is needed to help lead my circuit into the future. Rhonda has proven in her advocacy as a trial lawyer, and as a judge, that she understands trial courts to have the duty to follow the law, not to set policy contrary to law.”

Edwards’ letter was published by The Citizen in Fayette County.

Kreuziger has been serving as an associate juvenile court judge in the Griffin Judicial Circuit since August 2020. She previously served as chief judge of the City of Fayetteville Municipal Court from July 2018 to August 2020.

“The paramount duty of a judge is to follow the law, ensuring the litigants are provided due process. I will always seek wisdom in applying the rule of law to render fair and impartial judgments,” Kreuziger said. “I look forward to continuing my public service in this important role in our judicial system.”

Kreuziger, a Fayetteville resident, was one of three recommendations made to Kemp by Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacant judgeship.

The Griffin Judicial Circuit is comprised of Spalding, Pike, Fayette and Upson counties.