Sapulpa alumnus Tom Colbert to be Oklahoma's first black chief justice
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT NewsOK.com
Friday, November 09, 2012
11/09/12 at 6:32 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court's vice chief justice will move up to chief justice next year and be the first black person to serve as presiding officer of the state's highest court.
Justices voted Thursday to elect Vice Chief Justice Tom Colbert as the high court's chief justice. His two-year term begins Jan. 1.
Justice John Reif was elected vice chief justice.
Colbert, 62, will succeed Chief Justice Steven Taylor, 63, who served the past two years as chief justice.
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Original Print Headline: Sapulpa alum to be Oklahoma's first black chief justice
Justices Tom Colbert (left) and John Reif: They were elected by the Supreme Court jus- tices to be the chief jus- tice and the vice chief justice.