Retired assistant district attorney Neal G. Johnson has been appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as district judge in a temporary capacity to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Carl Sharp.

Sharp is scheduled to retire from the bench July 31.

Johnson, who served as an assistant district attorney for 20 years under Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones, retired in October 2016. Johnson previously served for several months in 1996 as district judge pro tempore in the Third Judicial District Court. He was appointed to the position to fill the vacancy created when then-District Court Judge Joseph Bleich was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Third Judicial District is comprised of Lincoln and Union parishes.

Johnson’s current appointment begins Aug. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, or until the position is filled in a special election. The primary for the special election to fill Sharp’s seat is set for Nov. 6.

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