Gov. DeSantis appoints Jonathan Ramsey, Kelvin Wells to County Courts in Alachua, Walton

Ramsey Wells
They will fill the vacancies created by the resignations of Judges David Green and Walter Green, respectively.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is filling a pair of judicial vacancies in North and Northwest Florida.

He’s sending Gainesville lawyer Jonathan Ramsey to the Alachua County Court and Kelvin Wells of DeFuniak Springs to the Walton County Court.

Ramsey has worked as an associate at Fine Farkash & Parlapiano PA since 2018 and previously served as an Assistant State Attorney in the 8th Judicial Circuit.

He earned his Juris Doctor and master’s degree from the University of Florida after attaining a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Florida Division of Elections records show Ramsey has made five political contributions since 2017. Four, totaling $12,000, were to the Florida Justice PAC, which supports “pro-justice candidates” in elections. He also gave $50 to Republican business attorney Tommy Zeichman’s unsuccessful 2018 House District 89 campaign.

Ramsey’s appointment on Wednesday marks the first time he’ll head to a judgeship.

The same can’t be said of Wells, who has served on the 1st Judicial Circuit since 2004 and previously presided over cases as a judge on the Okaloosa County Court.

Wells earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.

He hasn’t made a political donation since 2001, when he gave $500 to the re-election campaign of Republican ex-Gov. Jeb Bush.

Ramsey will replace Judge David Green, who stepped down after 27 years on the county bench. He notified DeSantis of his resignation, effective Feb. 29, by letter last year.

“I have been blessed to work with a great team of judges, judicial staff, Clerk of Courts, employees, bailiffs, attorneys and others, all of whom have worked hard to serve the people of our great state and to see that our courts provide justice to the very best of our ability,” he wrote. “After all these years, I still enjoy coming to work each and every day, but I feel that the time has come for me to leave the bench and enjoy family, hobbies, and other opportunities to serve while I am still in good health. I also look forward to serving as a senior judge in the future.”

Wells, meanwhile, will replace the late Judge Walter Green, who retired in January after 33 combined years as an Assistant State Attorney and County Court Judge. He died less than three months later, on March 26.

“Working with my fellow judges has been among the most significant and enjoyable responsibilities of my career,” he wrote in a Sept. 13 letter to DeSantis tendering his resignation. “I’m thankful to God and my family for their patience, love and support that allowed me to sustain and enjoy my career as a public servant.”

Jesse Scheckner

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    April 18, 2024 at 6:35 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    Smooth moves by our next VPOTUS, Ron “THE RONALD” DeSantis.
    Walton is shored up with another Conservative!
    We have taken the choice away from the “Misguided Predominantly Dook 4 Brains Lefty Citizens” of Alachua County”.
    Ha Ha “In Your Face Dook Citizens” …. No you are NOT gonna elect an “Andrew Warren” style “Dook” to that all critical position.
    Thanks Ron ….. Great Win for The Good Guys!!!!!!
    Earl Pitts American
    *queue Loud Patriotic USA USA USA music to Whizz all Dook 4 Brains Leftys (and george soros) intential lower case letters be Earl*

    • Speedy Gonzalez

      April 18, 2024 at 6:40 am

      My buddy SloPoke say thanks for earl an Ron to be making parts of florida safe from soros Dooks. We loves Earl. S. G. and S. P.

      • rick whitaker

        April 18, 2024 at 8:34 pm

        EARL, your racist hispanic post under a fake racist name is quite childish, and of course, racist. when hispanics and blacks find out your address, that will be a day long overdo. your racism is going to be dealt with one day by somebody. your luck just couldn’t hold out forever.

    • rick whitaker

      April 18, 2024 at 8:38 pm


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 24, 2024 at 3:23 pm

    How are these appointed judges any better than a dog that either sits down or doesn’t?

    Ron could have just appointed a couple dogs to the bench and saved Florida’s taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

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