Steven D. Smith, 57, picked as new Municipal Court judge

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Monday that Steven D. Smith, 57, will be Columbus’ new Municipal Court judge.

Smith, who practices law with Harp and Associates, has been a practicing attorney since 1978. He replaces former Judge Stephen Hyles, who became a U.S. magistrate on July 1.

“It’s gratifying to know the governor has faith in me,” Smith said.

While an official start date hasn’t been set, Smith said he will likely take the bench around Aug. 3.