Petersburg’s circuit court judges have appointed Petersburg lawyer Ray P. Lupold III to the general district court bench for the 11th District.
The appointment comes in the wake of the General Assembly’s failure to fill the funded judicial seat. Senators split between Lupold, a former prosecutor, and current Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Cheryl J. Wilson, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Sen. Henry Marsh, D-Richmond, told the paper he was impressed with Wilson’s credentials.
Lupold’s temporary appointment extends until the next General Assembly session, when he must win election to remain on the bench.
He will assume the position vacated by the mandatory retirement of Judge Lucretia Carrico in January. She continues to serve as a substitute judge.