Meng Lim, chief Judge of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, announced his resignation on Tuesday following an ethics investigation by the state judicial qualifications commission.

Lim only had six months left in his term after being defeated by Cedartown attorney Andrew Roper in May.

Lim has served in his position since 2015 and was celebrated as Georgia’s first Asian American elected superior court judge.

The Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit includes both Polk and Haralson Counties.

Lim cited him being offered a job at an Atlanta-area law firm as his reason for his resignation.

In July 2021, Lim was charged with 16 separate violations of the state Code of Judicial Conduct. Those accusations related to him allegedly having a romantic relationship with a former Polk County Court Clerk’s Office employee and using his influence and personal relationship with a participant in the Tallapoosa Circuit Drug Court program to get him preferred treatment in 2016.