Two women appointed to Jefferson County judgeships by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

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Teresa Pulliam and Shanta Owens appointed Jan. 2, 2019 by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to judgeships in Jefferson County. (News file photos)

By AL.COM

Alabama’s governor has appointed two women to fill open judgeships in Jefferson County.

Wednesday morning, Gov. Kay Ivey appointed current Circuit Court Judge Teresa Pulliam and District Court Judge Shanta Owens to fill open seats on Jefferson County’s criminal court bench. The seats became vacant when current Circuit Court Judge Bill Cole was elected to serve on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in November, and Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro announced her retirement.

Pulliam’s appointment to the Place 3 seat is effective January 15, while Owens will take the Place 2 criminal court bench seat on January 31. Pulliam currently serves as a circuit judge, but was defeated by her democratic challenger in November. Owens runs the county’s drug court as a district judge and she has a twin sister, Shera Grant who also is a district judge in Jefferson County.

The governor made her appointments several weeks after receiving recommendations from the county’s judicial commission.