Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed Wartburg attorney Jamie Brooks as chancellor for the Seventh Judicial District in Anderson County.
The vacancy was created when former Chancellor M. Nichole “Nicki” Cantrell, the county’s first female chancellor, resigned in January.
“Jamie is a highly qualified attorney who will bring significant legal experience to the Seventh Judicial District,” Lee said in a press release last week. “I appreciate his leadership and am confident he will serve Tennesseans with integrity.”
Brooks is currently a solo practitioner at Wilson and Brooks, and he has more than 37 years of varied legal expertise, including real property law, family law, wills and estates, and criminal defense, the press release said. His law firm page said he has has also practiced divorce, personal injury, elder, appellate, and real estate law.
Brooks earned his bachelor’s degree at Trevecca Nazarene University and juris doctor (law degree) at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Before resigning, Cantrell ran unopposed in the 2022 elections, and she was re-elected to a second eight-year term in the county general election in August.
It’s not clear why Cantrell resigned. Oak Ridge Today tried to get a copy of Cantrell’s resignation letter from state and county offices several times around the time she resigned but hasn’t been able to get a copy yet.
Cantrell was first elected in 2014. She replaced former Chancellor William Lantrip, who retired.
The chancellor hears cases in Anderson County Chancery Court ranging from divorces and adoptions to lawsuits and contract disputes, but can also sometimes hear Criminal Court cases, sit as the Circuit Court judge, and hear Juvenile Court appeals.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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