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Floyd County Juvenile Court swears in first Black judge

Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 — 2:00 p.m.

Rome News Tribune-

Newly installed Juvenile Court Judge Steve Bennett was sworn in this week at Government Plaza and promptly turned around and swore in Rome and Floyd County’s first Black judge,

Juvenile Court Associate Judge Deana Perry. Perry, a native Roman, is a Darlington alumna and former president of the Junior Service League of Rome.

She graduated from Mercer University in 2006 before graduating from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in 2012.

According to Perry, she has worked with Bennett on many cases in front of the juvenile court since she began practicing law.

Perry also thanked Tallapoosa Circuit Court Judge Mark Murphy, who presided over many of her cases as well.