Coffee and Pike County Assistant District Attorney Josh Wilson has been appointed Coffee County District Judge by Gov. Kay Ivey.
Ivey’s Press Secretary Gina Maiola said Aug. 15 that Wilson has been appointed to fill the position vacated upon the resignation of former District Judge Chris Kaminski.
Wilson has served as an assistant district attorney with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit for six years.
Wilson was born and raised in the New Hope community in northern Coffee County but also has roots in Pike County, as his mother’s family is from the Brundidge area. “I spent as much time growing up in Pike County as I did in Coffee County and learned a lot of valuable lessons about hard work and determination from my family,” he said previously. Wilson’s father passed away after an extended illness when he was a junior in high school, and he pays tribute to his upbringing to the work and sacrifice that his mother made to ensure that he had every opportunity to succeed. “It was not easy, but she made sure that I had everything I needed and she instilled in me a desire to learn,” he said previously. Wilson’s mother was a history teacher at Ariton High School in Dale County for nearly 30 years.
After high school Wilson graduated from Troy State University with a degree in accounting and a Master’s of business administration. He became a Certified Public Accountant and practiced in both public accounting and the private industry before returning to law school to obtain his Juris Doctorate.
Wilson attended Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law and graduated in two and a half years. After finishing law school, Wilson opened a law office in Elba and practiced there before joining the district attorney’s office in 2013.
Wilson is married to Jill Martin Wilson, an occupational therapist. They have two children, John Martin and Jay. The Wilsons are active members of the First Baptist Church of Elba.