Forrester Passes Torch to Stephenson
The Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judges and the State Judges of Hall County announce the retirement of their long-time Court Administrator, Reggie Forrester. Mr. Forrester has been a dedicated servant of the courts for the last 14 years, as well as a 30 plus year employee of Hall County, holding many positions of great responsibility during his tenure. When reflecting on the service of Mr. Forrester, Chief Superior Court Judge, Kathlene F. Gosselin said, “ (Reggie) steered us through many changes in court procedures, hard financial times, and led us during a time of unprecedented growth. He will be missed by all of us.” In addition to Gosselin, Superior Court Judge Jason J. Deal aptly said, “Reggie has been a mentor and confidant, both professional and personally. His guidance, experience, and insight has been invaluable.” Mr. Forrester’s departure comes as bittersweet to all those that knew and worked with him. While his co-workers are happy to see him enjoy his retirement years, they are also very sad to see him go. Mr. Forrester leaves behind a great legacy.
As of December 2, 2019, Mr. Jason Stephenson will take the reins as the new Court Administrator. For more than four years, Mr. Stephenson has held the position of staff attorney to Chief Judge Gosselin. Stephenson graduated from Georgia State Law School and before that worked in various church related positions, as well as directed a non-profit camp and conference center outside of Atlanta. Jason and his wife Gina, along with their two boys, live in Gainesville. The couple have convinced both of their parents to move to Hall County, showing their deep commitment to the community. When speaking of the transition, Judge Gosselin stated, “Jason will bring the same sense of service to the courts that Reggie has always displayed. His energy, wisdom, and knowledge of the court system will benefit all of us who work within that system.”