Current municipal Judge Jim Matoney said council “could not have made a better choice” for his replacement.
Zimmerman, who was chosen from 65 candidates, will be sworn in in January.
Zimmerman said he plans to follow Matoney’s lead in keeping the city’s court system running smoothly.
“This court runs because there are good people all through it,” he said. “It doesn’t just take a judge. It takes good people, and that’s what we have.”
For the past 33 years, Zimmerman has been both a part-time municipal court judge and a part-time magistrate court judge, in the municipal courts for the cities of Atlanta, Alpharetta and Roswell and in the Fulton County Magistrate Court.
Six years ago, he was appointed as the chief judge for the newly formed city of Milton, another part-time position, where he still sits today.
Zimmerman is also a designated Fulton County superior court judge, allowing him to assist the police and detectives throughout the northern portions of the county. Zimmerman is also a member of the Councils of Municipal and Magistrate Court Judges.
Zimmerman has been practicing law in the metro Atlanta area for more than 38 years. He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, as well as the Atlanta Bar Association. In addition, he is, or has been, a member of the litigation, criminal and domestic law sections of the Atlanta Bar Association.
The newly appointed judge has also provided his time to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.