October 2, 2014
Isle of Wight’s top prosecutor has been selected to sit as judge for Virginia’s 5th Circuit Court.
Commonwealth’s Attorney L. Wayne Farmer was the sole candidate to replace Judge Rodham Delk, who recently announced his retirement. Farmer will hear criminal and civil cases from Isle of Wight County, Southampton County and Suffolk.
Farmer, who was first elected as commonwealth’s attorney in 2008, said his term as judge starts Dec. 1. He said the decision was official as of 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
Farmer said Friday that he was honored to have received the position. Farmer felt that the judge’s position was one he was interested in and had the skills to do, so he threw his name in the hat when Delk announced his intention to retire.
He received endorsements from all three of the local bar associations and ended up the only candidate who was interviewed for the seat.
Once Farmer assumes the judgeship, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips will act as interim commonwealth’s attorney until a special election for the seat. The process isn’t foreign to Phillips – she served in the position for seven months in 2008, when then-Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Councill was chosen for a judgeship.
No date has been set for the election — the Board of Supervisors will have to make a request to the court to set the date — but Phillips said Friday she intends to run for the seat this time around.