On October 3, 2011, Governor Nathan Deal swore Bruce Edward Roberts in as the Walker County State Court Judge. The ceremony took place in the House Chambers of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. Judge Roberts succeeds long time State Court Judge C. Donald Peppers who retired in June of this year. The Judicial Nominating Commission, after interviewing four local attorneys, referred a short list of Bruce Roberts and LaFayette attorney William P. Slack to the Governor. After interviews with the Governor, Deal appointed Roberts as Walker County State Court Judge. He will stand for election during the general primary in 2012
Judge Roberts previously served sixteen years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit where his major responsibility was drug prosecutions. Along with the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was on the forefront of combating the methamphetamine epidemic in Northwest Georgia. In addition to his career as a prosecutor, he worked with the law firms of Womack & Rhyne in LaFayette and McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham in Dalton. In 1988, Judge Roberts graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. He obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon in 1991.
Judge Roberts has served on the Board of the Whitfield County Family Crisis Center, the Northwest Georgia Police Academy and has worked with Sheriff Steve Wilson on projects benefitting the Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes.
Judge Roberts is a native of Northwest Georgia and has lived in Walker County for the past twenty years. He currently resides in the Villanow community.