DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - Retiring Judge Charles Langham Administered the oath of office to his successor Kevin Kusta today.
Kusta says he hopes to be able to fill Langham’s shoes. Langham aged out of the position.
State law does not allow judges who have reached their 70th birthday to seek re-election.
Kusta has been campaigning since April of 2019.
He battled three other candidates in the primary and outlasted a prosecutor in Decatur to win the race in November.
“This has been a very long process that my family and I had to go through,” Kusta said.
Kusta will be presiding over many juvenile court cases and says his main goal is to protect the children.
“I’ve worked on all sides of the coin when it comes to representing children,” Kusta said.
Kusta says he has had experience representing grandparents and parents in the past.
“I know it’s a very difficult job. As long as I can go to bed and say ‘Hey, I protected the kids, they’re safe.’ then I feel like I fulfilled my obligation as a judge,” Kusta said.
Kusta will serve a six-year-term.