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Deadline set to apply for vacant judgeship

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To apply for the position, applicants must complete a questionnaire and a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation background check. The background check includes a review of the applicant’s credit report from Equifax, and as such, applicants are urged to check their credit report with the company before they apply for the position.

Candidates for the position will also be required to be fingerprinted.

TBI also requires applicants to submit a sealed official transcript from colleges they attended.

The Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission is to meet on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Lebanon to begin the process of filling the position. A time for the meeting will be determined soon.

Sykes noted that during the public hearing, citizens in addition to attorneys may appear and submit either in writing or verbally their suggestions for nominees to the position.

“At the end of each public hearing,” she said, the chairman “will ask if there are any nominations from the floor.”

However, Sykes noted, “I don’t believe we’ve ever received any nominations” from the floor.

Members of the Judicial Selection Commission, a group established by law under Tennessee Code Annotated Section 17-4-102 includes the following: Chairman Ronald J. Berke, Esquire; Vice Chair C. Thomas Davenport Jr., Esq.; Secretary Myrlene Marsa, Esq.; Anne Banks, non-lawyer member; Michelle M. Benjamin, Esq.; C. Phillip Bivens, Esq.; T. Michael Bottoms, Esq.; Hulet Chaney, non-lawyer member; William H. Farmer, Esq. (of Nashville); Jack P. Green, Esq.; Edward L. Martindale Jr.; Randall E. Nichols, Esq.; Pamela L. Reeves, Esq.; John R. Tarpley, Esq.; Dale H. Tuttle, Esq.; C. Barry Ward, Esq.; and Kelly Wolfe, non-lawyer member.

For more information on the application process, visit online at or call 741-2687.

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