Philadelphia attorney Joseph Kilgore has been appointed to a chancery judgeship effective July 1, Gov. Haley Barbour announced Tuesday.
Barbour says Kilgore will replace Chancellor J. Max Kilpatrick, who is retiring June 30.
Kilpatrick had announced in January that he would not seek re-election to the post he has held since July 1, 2005 after being appointed by Barbour.
Kilgore will be the only candidate on the ballot for the November general election.
The 6th Chancery Court District includes Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Kemper, Neshoba and Winston counties.
Kilgore has served as a Special Master in Chancery Court and as a Youth Court Referee in Kemper County.
Kilgore also has worked as board attorney for the Philadelphia Public School District and for Philadelphia Utilities.