About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fred Thomas embarked on a new career.
Thomas will step down next week as chairman of Lancaster County Council for a new position, that of magistrate judge. Thomas has served on County Council for more than seven years. He previously served as vice chairman and is the current chairman of council.
He will soon fill the magistrate position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.
Thomas was nominated by both S.C. Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27.