Edwena L. Crowe of Oak Ridge has been appointed to Tennessee’s reconstituted Board of Judicial Conduct.
The appointment was announced in a Wednesday afternoon press release from the office of Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican.
The Board of Judicial Conduct was created by the Tennessee Legislature to investigate complaints against judges and ensure accountability and ethical conduct in the judiciary, the press release said.
“Edwena Crowe is a pillar of this community and a woman of strong ethical character,” McNally said in the press release. “The Board of Judicial Conduct needs citizens who are able to look at the evidence, make decisions, and stand by them. Edwena is a highly skilled executive who understands how to make good decisions based on the evidence presented. The Board will be stronger with her contributions. I am confident she will do well.”
The press release said Crowe has served a variety of roles at the Y-12 National Security Complex. She currently serves as a director at Consolidated Nuclear Security, the press release said. Crowe volunteers as a tutor for at-risk youth, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Heritage Club, and serves on several boards, including the Oak Ridge Playhouse, Oak Ridge Fund of Achieving Excellence Foundation Board, and Men of Tomorrow Foundation.
The current Board of Judicial Conduct was reconstituted by the Tennessee Legislature, and it went into effect on July 1, 2019. The composition of the board was shifted from a ratio of 10 judges and six public members to a balance of eight judges and eight public members. The change in composition allowed more citizen input while retaining involvement from those in the legal community.
The board now requires a unanimous vote, rather than just a majority vote, of an investigative panel to dismiss a complaint against a judge.
The press release said McNally has four appointments in total to the newly reconstituted board. He also appointed Dan Springer of Memphis, Ben Purser of Brentwood, and Judge William Koch of Nashville.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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