Butler County Republican Party Chairman Cleve Poole was sworn in as a Circuit Judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit (Butler, Crenshaw, and Lowndes Counties) on Monday, June 21, 2021. He was appointed by Governor Ivey to replace Judge Terri Lovell, who was recently named executive director of the Alabama Bar Association.
“I’m excited about this new opportunity,” said Poole. “I will work to maintain the public faith in our Justice System and tend to the caseload in a fair and timely manner.” Poole is the latest Republican to take office in Butler County. In recent years, Butler County has turned red, with the majority of County offices held by Republicans, and Poole’s appointment to the Circuit Bench solidifies the Republican stronghold in the County.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl expressed his backing for Poole’s appointment, “I want to thank Governor Kay Ivey and her staff for their thorough interview process, as well as congratulate them on a great appointment. Cleve Poole is a man of honor, wisdom, and experience. It has been an absolute pleasure for me to work with him on the State Executive Committee, and I look forward to seeing his leadership qualities at work as Circuit Judge. The ALGOP and Second Congressional District GOP are proud of Judge Poole, and we’re excited about being able to continue to support him throughout his new endeavors.”
Second Congressional District GOP Chairman William Rayborn, a practicing lawyer in the 2nd Judicial Circuit, is excited about the appointment. “We have hit a homerun with Cleve Poole being our new Circuit Judge. Cleve will now take his brand of patience, resolve, problem solving, work ethic and approachability to the bench while serving the people of the area,” he said.
Under the recently enacted law concerning appointed judges, Poole will serve until the 2024 elections.