Gov. Haley Barbour is filling a circuit judgeship in four central Mississippi counties by moving the area's top prosecutor into the job.
Barbour on Monday appointed District Attorney Eddie Bowen to serve the final four months of a term started by Judge Robert Evans, who died in July.
Bowen will resign the job he's held since 1999, and Barbour will appoint a district attorney to serve until November 2011.
The circuit judge and the district attorney represent Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith counties.
Barbour said two weeks ago he didn't intend to temporarily fill the judgeship. The November election for this judgeship will be conducted by write-in votes because Evans was the only candidate to qualify before his death.