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Parker named as Lamar County Court Judge

Gov. Tate Reeves has announced the appointment of Joseph “Jop” Parker as the County Court Judge for Lamar County.

“Joseph Parker has a wealth of legal experience that has prepared him well to take on this new position,” said Gov. Reeves. “I have complete confidence that he will embrace this important role and serve Lamar County with distinction.”

Parker has served as the County and Youth Court Prosecuting Attorney for Lamar County since 2015 and the City Prosecuting Attorney for Lumberton since 2021. Previously he served as the Lamar County Economic Development Board Attorney. Additionally, he has maintained his own private practice, Parker Law Firm, PLLC, since 2015, and has experience in a range of other private civil practices.

“As a lifelong resident of Lamar County, it’s my honor to be appointed to this position and I greatly look forward to having the opportunity to serve the people of my community,” said Parker. “I am devoted to Lamar County and will continue to strive to make it a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Parker earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law, a BSBA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and attended Purvis High School in Lamar County.

Parker’s term will begin on Feb. 20. Gov. Reeves will call a special election to be held on Nov. 7. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of the term.

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