Wiggins tapped for Superior Court bench
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Lifelong Rocky Mount resident Lamont Wiggins is trading in a city council seat for a judge's bench.
Wiggins was appointed Friday to serve as an N.C. Superior Court judge by Gov. Roy Cooper.
As a private-practice lawyer, Wiggins brings years of courtroom experience to his appointment, Cooper said.
Wiggins said he's honored by the appointment and thanked Cooper.
“This is a lifelong career desire for me,” Wiggins said. “I’ve been a lawyer for 24 years and an elected official for 20 years. This is a different level of service. My mantra has always been ‘service above self.’”
Wiggins said he will likely announce his retirement from the city council by mid-week and wind down his practice as soon as possible.
Wiggins’ father Leonard Wiggins, chairman of the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners, said he's proud of his son.
“I'm excited for him,” Leonard Wiggins said. “I'm pleased the governor chose him.”
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a former Superior Court judge and N.C. Supreme Court justice, said Wiggins has demonstrated scholarship and integrity throughout his legal career.
“He will bring valuable experience to the Superior Court bench,” Butterfield said. “Lamont is a community-based leader who understands the public expectation of a fair and impartial court.”
Butterfield said the people of Edgecombe and Wilson counties will benefit greatly from Wiggins’ service as their judge.
Wiggins will serve as a Superior Court judge in District 7B, made up of Edgecombe and Wilson counties.
Wiggins replaces Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Milton F. “Toby” Fitch Jr., who retired in February to run for the N.C. General Assembly.
Fitch was picked last week by local Democrats and appointed by Cooper to complete the remainder of the N.C. Senate term of Angela Bryant, a Democrat who recently resigned to accept an appointment to a state commission.
Wiggins has been an attorney for 24 years. He currently serves on the Rocky Mount City Council as a member and as mayor pro tempore and has also served on the Nash-Edgecombe Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Wiggins holds degrees from N.C. State University and N.C. Central University School of Law.