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A state appeals court judge will be the latest addition to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Gov. Phil Bryant named David M. Ishee to replace presiding Justice Jess Dickinson, who will head up the state’s Child Protection Services department. For that role, Dickinson replaced another high court colleague, former Justice David Chandler.

A Gulfport native, Ishee graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Ishee spent 14 years in private practice; he was appointed to serve as a Pascagoula municipal judge in 1993.

Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Ishee to the state Court of Appeals in 2004.


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Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.