Former Mobile County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Charlie Graddick has been named a senior judicial advisor for the city and will be paid roughly $100,000 per year.
City Attorney Ricardo Woods said Graddick would be paid $8,333.34 per month to advise Mayor Sandy Stimpson and other members of the executive staff on municipal court and judicial issues. Woods added Graddick would help the municipal, district and circuit courts all work together more efficiently.
“We are pleased and proud to add Judge Graddick to the outstanding team of leaders who are helping us transform the city of Mobile,” Stimpson said in a statement.
In the statement, Woods said Graddick’s deep knowledge of the judicial and legal systems will be a valuable resource for the city’s legal staff.
“I welcome the wise counsel of Judge Graddick and look forward to working closely with him,” Woods said. “His experience will be a great benefit to us as we continue improving our municipal court system and the overall operation of legal services as they relate to the courts.”
Graddick, a native of Mobile, served as a circuit judge in Mobile County since 2004 and as presiding judge since 2006. He could not run for re-election in 2016 because of his age, and since January has been working as a special Circuit Court judge. As a special judge appointed by Alabama’s chief justice, Graddick received retirement from the state but did not receive a salary.
“Although I have been assisting our Circuit Court as a special judge, this will allow me an opportunity to become much more engaged and continue my public service,” Graddick wrote in an email. “It is my desire to provide [Mayor Stimpson] and his administration with my years of experience, as an administrator and practitioner in both the judicial and legal professions … My intention will be to bring to the Stimpson administration what I hope will be a wise, practical and thoughtful counsel.”
Graddick wrote he will initially focus on the city’s judicial system and overall operation of legal services. He will not encroach on the authority of Woods, he wrote.
“Additionally, the mayor has encouraged I share my thoughts, analysis and opinions to him on other issues as well to help improve city services,” he wrote. “I look forward to this new role in my professional life.”
Graddick is a former district attorney in Mobile and Montgomery counties and a former state attorney general. As a lawyer in private practice, he represented all types of clients ranging from pro bono, indigent individuals to Fortune 500 companies.