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June 22, 2006




(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Jackson lawyer and Hinds County Undersheriff Bill Gowan to serve as Judge of the County Court of Hinds County. Gowan will serve the remainder of former Judge Mike Parker’s term.


“The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee has worked hard to ensure that a qualified, conscientious, and dedicated person fills this important post,” Governor Barbour said. “Bill is a man of integrity and high moral character. I know he will be an asset to Mississippi’s judicial system.”


Gowan currently works as counsel and Undersheriff for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this position, he served as Jackson’s city prosecutor/assistant city prosecutor for fourteen years. Gowan’s legal experience includes service as a Hinds County Judge and Hinds County Drug Court Judge. He has also worked as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.


Gowan earned a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Mississippi. He has additional training from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Loyola University School of Law and the Federal Bureau of Investigation-LEEDA Command College.


Governor Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, which reviews the qualifications of potential judicial appointees in accordance with Executive Order 914, found Gowan fully qualified to serve in this post.