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Story published: 09-10-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Four applications for attorney job in hand

By Karen Sells
Assistant Editor

Despite a job description and salary that are still under discussion by the Washington County Commission, four candidates have expressed formal interest in the county attorney position with the submission of their resumes.

Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford announced three of the candidates during the Sept. 6 meeting of the Legal Services Oversight Committee.

Vance W. Cheek Jr., of Johnson City, is the chief operating officer and general counsel of Stableconvergence, LLC, an IT company designed to meet the networking needs of commercial and residential clients.

Cheek received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He served as Administrative Law judge for the Tennessee Department of State, Administrative Procedures Division, and has private practice experience in the areas of corporate law, finance, banking, labor and employment, public policy/government relations, alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Rebecca Ketchie, of Kingsport, is a planner with the First Tennessee Development District. She received her law degree from the Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind., and has a background in municipal law and land use planning.

Prior to becoming a planner, she represented municipalities in the Chicago suburbs, with half her time spent on general matters mostly related to land use and the other half defending local governments in civil litigation.

Brandon D. Sizemore, of Gray, operates a private practice in Johnson City. His primary practice areas are constitutional law, bankruptcy law and general civil litigation. The vast majority of his current legal services are advising individuals and businesses on issues pertaining to risk management and budget control.

A native of Washington County, Sizemore earned his law degree from the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, S.C.

A fourth resume was submitted over the weekend by Russell D. Jamerson, of Johnson City, who serves as the staff attorney for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Jamerson began working as the deputy jailer with the WCSO in 1989, and was promoted through the ranks. For the last 14 years, he has been in charge of the planning and research section of the WCSO where he conducts risk management activities and serves as the accreditation manager.