ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.
Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.
Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.
Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.