The first woman elected to Louisiana's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal is now the first woman to become its chief judge.
Judge Susan Chehardy is the ninth chief judge of the court, which was established in Gretna in 1982.
Chehardy was elected in 1998. As chief judge, she succeeds Marion F. Edwards, who retired after more than 14 years on the court.
Judge Fredericka Homberg Wicker succeeds Chehardy as the court's deputy chief judge.