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Gov. Riley chooses Atmore Chamber executive director

By By Adam Prestridge
Emilie Mims received a much-anticipated phone call Tuesday afternoon from Gov. Bob Riley, while on business in Montgomery.
Gov. Riley was calling to inform Mims, a resident of Atmore who has served as the executive director of the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, that she had been appointed Probate Judge for Escambia County.
Gov. Riley believes Mims will be a great fit for the position, which will be vacated by current probate judge Rachel Agerton, who is retiring effective April 1.
Mims, 60, was in Montgomery Tuesday attending the Leadership Atmore Class of 2008’s government session. She said during a photo session with the governor on the steps of the capitol building, he did not give any indication that he had intentions of appointing her as probate judge.
Mims has served as the Chamber’s leading lady since 1991. Prior to that, she served as an administrative assistant at Atmore Community Hospital, as a glass artist designing and fabricating stained glass and owned and managed an art studio in downtown Atmore. She said the position became available at a time in her life when she was looking for change.
Those boards and affiliations include, Escambia County Extension Service Advisory Board; Friends of Education of Escambia County, Inc., charter founder; HIPPY Exploratory Grant Committee; Vestry, Trinity Episcopal Church; Escambia County, Ala. Community Hospital, Inc., board of directors; Escambia County Healthcare Authority board of directors; Escambia County Children’s Policy Council; Alabama Preservation Alliance board of directors; Atmore Rotary Club, past president and Paul Harris Fellow; City of Atmore Strategic Planning Committee; Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County; Leadership Atmore Steering Committee; Escambia County Department of Human Resources board of directors and Jefferson Davis Community College Advisory Board.
Mims said even though the position requires her to work in Brewton, she plans to commute each morning and continue living and worshiping in Atmore.
The term Mims will be taking over has five years remaining. She said that she would seek election.