Gov. Phil Bryant
announced today that he has appointed Judge Celeste Wilson to the bench in
Mississippi’s 17th Circuit Court District.
Wilson will replace Judge Bobby
Chamberlin, who recently was elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Her
appointment is effective February 6, 2017. The 17th District includes Desoto,
Panola, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Yalobusha counties.
“Judge Wilson’s extensive legal
experience as a prosecutor and a county judge will serve her well on the
bench,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am pleased she has agreed to accept this
Most recently, Wilson has served as a
DeSoto County Court Judge since 2009. She has overseen all delinquency,
neglect, abuse, and domestic violence cases, along with select civil cases and
Prior to becoming a court judge
Wilson held the position of Assistant District Attorney for the 17th
Judicial District from 2002 to 2008. She worked closely with law enforcement
agencies in prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the State of Mississippi
and presented cases to grand juries for indictment.
Additionally, Wilson served as the
Southaven Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership from 1999 to 2001 where
she led membership and recruitment development of new business and industry on
behalf of the Chamber.
“It is a great honor to accept Gov.
Bryant’s appointment as circuit court judge, and I am appreciative for him
placing his trust in me,” Wilson said. “I will carry my experience as a judge
into my new position and serve the people of the 17th District Circuit Court
Wilson, who lives in Southaven with
her husband and children, received her bachelor’s degree in business administration
from Delta State University. She received her juris doctorate from the
University of Memphis.
She is a member of the Mississippi
Bar Association, State of Mississippi Council for Interstate Compact of
Juveniles, Vice Chairman of Council of Youth Court Judges, Juvenile Detention
and Alternatives Task Force, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family
A special election for the judgeship
will be held in November 2017.