Ron Powers and Nathaniel Goggans elected as new Hamilton County magistrates

Ron Powers and Nathaniel Goggans elected as new Hamilton County magistrates

October 16th, 2013 by Louie Brogdon in Local - Breaking News

Nathaniel Goggans

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Hamilton County Commissioners elected Ron Powers and Nathaniel Goggans to be the next Judicial Commissioners, or magistrates as they are commonly called.

Current Chief Magistrate Randy Russell was re-elected to lead the group.

Judicial commissioners sign warrants for searches and felony arrests, appoint attorneys for defendants who can't afford legal aid, set bonds and assist Hamilton County courts.

The pay is $61,143 with benefits, and magistrates must be willing to work full time, all hours of the day. Chief magistrates earn an extra $5,000 per year.