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Process to hire third judge moves ahead

Members of the Washington County Legal Services Oversight Committee reviewed the application for General Sessions Judge when they reconvened Aug. 16.
At the committee’s request, County Attorney John Rambo revised the nomination form from the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission for use in the process.
Rambo said most of the questions were included in the Washington County application, with the exception of a couple that were not relevant to General Sessions Court.
Also retained is the waiver for the release of records that would indicate if the applicant was ever charged with professional misconduct.
“I also incorporated questions from attorneys, the district attorney, clerks and law enforcement officers who will be working with the judge,” Rambo said.
Commissioner Joe Corso asked if the applications will be posted online, and Rambo said all information received will be public record.
Corso suggested adding the selection criteria from the judicial nomination form. Commissioner George “Skip” Oldham moved to include the criteria as part of the application. Commissioner Mark Larkey seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
If county commissioners approve the application during their Aug. 27 meeting, the information will be posted online the next day.
Plans for the interview process and the official date of appointment were not discussed during the meeting.