The Roane County Commission will appoint a new General Sessions Court judge during a special session on Monday.
The new judge will serve until the next general election in August and fill a vacancy created when Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed General Sessions Court Judge Jeffery H. Wicks as Criminal Court judge for the Ninth Judicial District. Wicks is replacing former Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen, who retired December 31.
The Ninth Judicial District serves Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, and Roane counties. Eblen had been Criminal Court judge since 1978.
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.
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 UT in 1986.
Wicks will serve as Criminal Court judge until the August 2016 election.
The Monday, January 4, meeting to appoint a General Sessions Court judge starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Qualls Commission Room on the second floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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