June 6, 2014 In News
JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed C. Kent Haney as county court judge of Coahoma County. A vacancy will occur when Judge Thomas W. Allen, who has served since 2002, retires effective June 30, 2014. Haney will be sworn in on July 1, 2014.
“I thank Judge Allen for his 11 years of service and appreciate his dedication to the people of Coahoma County. I wish him well in his retirement,” Gov. Bryant said.
Haney has served as Coahoma County Attorney since 1988 and has practiced law in the private sector since 1986. He served as municipal court judge in Drew, Miss., from 1986-1998. Prior to beginning his legal career, Haney worked as a farmer for 15 years and owned an agricultural aviation operation from 1974-1995.
“Kent is an experienced attorney and judge, and I am confident that his years of legal service will benefit the people of Coahoma County,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I know that his years as a farmer have taught him the value of hard work, and his previous work as a municipal judge has prepared him to assume the county court judgeship.”
Haney holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Mississippi and in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts in Mississippi. He has tried jury trials to verdict in both federal and state courts and has represented both creditors and debtors in federal bankruptcy court.
“I am honored and grateful to Governor Bryant for appointing me County Court Judge for Coahoma County,” Haney said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Coahoma County as I have as county attorney in the past. I will be fair and make the court accessible to everyone.”
Haney and his wife, the former Camille Harlow, have one adult daughter, Alexandra Haney Stribling, and one grandchild, Memrie. The Haneys are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clarksdale, Miss.