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Regan Miller appointed Mecklenburg’s new chief judge

Regan Miller will be Mecklenburg’s new Chief District Court judge.

N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker appointed Miller, a District Court judge for more than a decade, to replace Chief District Judge Lisa Bell.

Gov. Pat McCrory last month appointed Bell, 46, to a special Superior Court judgeship. Bell has been a District Court judge since 1998. Parker appointed her Chief District Court judge in 2008.

“Judge Miller has served with distinction as a District Court judge for over 13 years, and has the experience, vision, and leadership necessary for the successful administration of the District Courts of Mecklenburg County,” Parker said in announcing the appointment.

“I am extremely honored,” Miller, 60, said Thursday. “I look forward to working with all the agencies that interact with the court system.”

Miller told the Observer that he had contacted Parker and told her of his interest in replacing Bell as Mecklenburg’s Chief District Court judge.

“I think it’s a very important position,” Miller said. “I want to make sure our judicial system continues to run efficiently and fairly.”

Miller will be responsible for administering the largest District Court system in North Carolina, with 21 judges, 27 magistrates and more than 240,000 criminal and civil case filings annually.

Miller is a native of Charlotte. He got his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1978. He was an administrative judge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He was an associate with the Charlotte law firm of James, McElroy & Diehl and a partner in the Charlotte law firm of Murphy, Chapman & Miller.

Then-Gov. Jim Hunt appointed Miller to the Mecklenburg District Court bench in 1999. He has won election to the judgeship three times since then. Miller has specialized over the years in family court and has primarily presided over juvenile court cases since 2004.

Miller has served as president of the boards of directors of the Charlotte Drug Education Center and the Olde Providence Racquet Club. He’s also served on the board of directors of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Teen Health Connection and as a deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church.

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