by Max Brantley
I have worked with J.D. since he first became the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. I appreciate his service, leadership and wise counsel during his tenure at the AOC. I wish him well in his future endeavors.The last time there was a major court administrative hire, for Supreme Court clerk, a rump group of justices usurped the traditional power of the chief justice and overruled then-Chief Justice Jim Hannah's pick for the job. On taking office this year, Kemp gave a strong indication he intended to wield the traditional power accorded his office by law in administrative matters, which would indicate he'll control the choice of the next office director.