Buckner to seek Chief Magistrate post
Jan 15, 2014 | 1624 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
L. Gale Buckner, Chief Magistrate of Murray County, announced today she is declaring her candidacy for Chief Magistrate in this year's election cycle.

Buckner was appointed on November 1, 2012, to fill the unexpired term of former Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran.

"It has been a fulfilling 14 months of service to the citizens of Murray County. Our court-team is focused on due-diligence and professionalism to all who have business with our court," said Buckner. "I hope the public will allow me to continue this partnership."

During her time in office, Buckner said she has identified, and returned, over $230,000 of previous year funds to the County. She has also saved Murray County approximately $100,000 in demolition and renovation costs to county office space by obtaining the use of a state inmate work crew.

The Court now utilizes a streamlined approach to timely scheduling of court hearings, and ensures a balanced monetary accounting on a daily, monthly, and annual basis.

Buckner has completed her 12-hour Chief Boot-Camp, 40-hour Criminal training, and 40-hour Civil training as required for Magistrate Court Judges, as well as her mentee requirements.

Buckner is a 5th-generation Murray Countian, and has been a member of the local and State criminal justice community for almost 36 years.

"Serving Murray County is important to me as my family has been in this community for at least 164 years. I am proud of the work ethic which has made our County strong. I am eager to continue to do my part in moving our County forward," stated Buckner.

Buckner's service to the State of Georgia included serving as Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice appointed by Governor Nathan Deal. She was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to serve a. 7-year term on the State Board of Pardons and Parole, 2 of those years as Chair and 2 years as Vice-Chair. She was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes as Executive Director of the Governor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Her longest period of State service was with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation where as a sworn Special Agent she served many roles to include Investigation, Administrative, and Legislative positions.

She began her criminal justice career as a Radio Operator with the Chatsworth Police Department where she served for three years while completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Georgia State University.

She received her Masters in Public Administration from Brenau College, and is a graduate of the 169th session of the FBI's National Academy.

Buckner is a Past President of the International Association of Women Police, 2012 Georgia State University's Alumni of the Year, and has served on many national and State boards and committees.

She is a member of Murray County's Rotary Club, and past GreenHouse Advisory Board and Murray County Hospital Authority member.