Favre named new county court judge
By Cassandra Favre
Dec 6, 2017, 11:27
Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday tabbed Trent Favre to be the first judge for Hancock County's "county court" system that will begin operations in January.
Favre will serve until an election can be held in November 2018. Favre said Monday that he plans to run for the full time position next year.
The county court will serve several functions, but its primary one will be the operation of the Hancock County Youth Court.
Counties with more than 50,000 residents are mandated to have a county court system.
Hancock County leaders believe the threshold will be surpassed when the new federal census comes out in 2020.
In counties with less than 50,000, the senior chancery court judge acts as the administrator over youth courts.
A few months ago, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution asking Bryant to authorize a county court system, which he did in November.
Bryant set up a judicial advisory committee to select a judge that will serve until an election can be held.
County court judges must be residents of their respective counties.
Favre said Monday that he applied for the position, but kept a low profile because of his job as the city attorney for Bay St. Louis.
"I did not feel like it would be proper to be out there lobbying for it," Favre said. "But, it is a tremendous honor to be selected. I love Bay St. Louis and I love Hancock County."
Favre is a Bay St. Louis native and was the Valedictorian of the Bay High Class of 1992. He completed four years of college at Millsaps and then earned his law degree from Ole Miss in 1999.
Over the past decade, Favre has worked for several public entities including the Hancock Medical Center Board of Trustees and the city of Bay St. Louis.
Favre said his biggest goal with for county court will be for everyone to work together.
"Setting up the new court system is exciting to me," he said. "I have no pre-conceived notions about any employees or programs currently in place. I am going to try to work with everyone to find good solutions."
As far as youth court, Favre said, he plans to be able to make a difference in people's lives.
"My goal is to set folks on the proper path," he said. "I want to focus on redemption."
As judge, Favre will not only hear cases, but be responsible for administration of the court system.
"There will be a lot of administrative stuff at first, then it will get into the court cases," he said. "It's going to be a lot of work, but I don't mind doing a lot of work."
Favre's first day as Hancock County Court Judge will be Jan. 1 and his last day as Bay St. Louis' city attorney will be the end of this month, Favre said.
Favre said working with the city's leadership has been a "positive" experience and that he is leaving the city in a "good place."
Back in October, the city council approved a contract with Wise Carter, P.A. for Favre's services.
Favre said the client (the city) can decided whether to go with someone from the firm or not.
Board of Supervisors President Blaine LaFontaine said Tuesday that supervisors are eager to work with Favre.
"The board of supervisors appreciates the governor's prompt appointment of Trent," LaFontaine said. "We look for forward to working with him on the budget and providing whatever resources will be needed to fund the system."
Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre said Tuesday that Trent Favre will be a "tremendous asset" to the county.
"He has a great work ethic, he's smart, and he has the county's best interest at heart," the mayor said. "I think he will bring a lot of stability to that department.”