Whitaker resigns to seek higher position

Alonza Whitaker's run for the office of Superior Court judge has forced him to resign as Recorder's Court and Environmental Court judge.

Whitaker, 52, qualified June 23 to run for the seat currently held by Chief Superior Court Judge Kenneth Followill, who has announced he won't seek re-election. Whitaker will face attorney Gil McBride, 46, in the general election in November. Whitaker had served as a Recorder's Court and Environmental Court Judge since February 2005. Under the charter of the Consolidated Government, a city employee can't run for public office and continue serving in a position.

Columbus Council will make nominations and vote on a candidate to fill the vacant position. It takes six votes from the 10-member board to approved a candidate.