NASHVILLE—Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday appointed Jeffery H. Wicks of Rockwood as Criminal Court judge for the Ninth Judicial District, replacing Judge E. Eugene Eblen, who is retiring effective December 31.
The Ninth Judicial District serves Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, and Roane counties.
Wicks, 52, has served as General Sessions Court judge in Roane County since 2006. He was an attorney in Kingston from 2003 to 2006, operating a law practice that included criminal, civil domestic, juvenile, and probate matters, a press release said.
“We are fortunate to have a public servant with such a depth of experience as Judge Wicks to fill this role,” Haslam said. “He will serve the Ninth Judicial District well in this capacity.”
“I would like to thank Governor Haslam for this appointment,” Wicks said. “I am both honored and humbled that he has confidence in my ability to serve as the next criminal court judge for the Ninth Judicial District. I look forward to serving the fine citizens of Roane, Loudon, Morgan, and Meigs counties, and I promise to do my very best to uphold the high judicial standards set by Judge Eblen during his distinguished career as our criminal court judge.”
Wicks worked in the McPherson Law Office in Kingston from 2001-2003. He served as Municipal Court judge in Rockwood from 2001-2005 and was an attorney at what is now Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz PC in Knoxville from 1998-2001.
Wicks was a special agent for the United States Secret Service in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1990-1994 and a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in Nashville from 1987-1990.
He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1999 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1986. Wicks and his wife Lisa have two children, Sam and Rachel.
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