Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Bill Cole

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A former Jefferson County judge who lost re-election last year will be returning to the bench to fill the seat opened by retiring Circuit Judge Alfred Bahakel.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday appointed former Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge J. William "Bill" Cole to fill the vacant seat.

Bentley's spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis tells that Cole "brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and he is well qualified to serve on the court."