Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Birmingham attorney James P. “Jim” Naftel II as one of Jefferson County’s two probate judges.

Naftel will replace Alan King, who announced his retirement last month.

Naftel, who has been an attorney with Maynard, Coooper & Gale, P.C., since 1998, said in an email that he thanked the governor for the appointment.

“It is an honor to be appointed and I look forward to serving Jefferson County in this role,” he said.

Naftel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 1994 and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1998.

King served as probate judge for 19 years. Naftel fills his position as Jefferson County Probate Judge, Place 1.

Sherri Friday has served as Jefferson County Probate Judge Place 2 since she was elected in 2006.

Naftel’s appointment is effective immediately.



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