Governor Cooper Appoints New Judge For Mecklenburg County


Governor Cooper has just appointed 4 new district court judges across North Carolina, one of which will be serving Mecklenburg County.

According to a press release, the governor appointed “Shante’ Burke-Hayer as District Court Judge in District 26, which serves part of Mecklenburg County. She will fill the vacant seat formerly held by Judge Kimberly Best. Burke-Hayer is currently Managing Attorney at Burke-Hayer Law Firm, PLLC. Previously, Burke was Of Counsel – Attorney at Hunt Law, PLLC, and a Legal Analyst at Wells Fargo. She received her Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.”

He also appointed Jennifer Bedford over District 10F (Wake County), Gretchen Hollar Kirkman over District 17B (Surry and Stokes counties), and Matthew Rupp over District 24 (Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties).

“These appointees bring years of experience and knowledge to the bench,” said Cooper. “I am grateful for their dedication to their communities over the years, and grateful for their willingness to serve.”

What do you think about the appointments?