Opinion: JPEC Citizen Member Speaks Out

Mike Tant, a citizen member of the Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC), writes in the Tennessean this week about his experience serving on the commission. He explains the evaluation process and says allegations that JPEC is just a “rubber stamp” commission “is a shamefully uninformed statement.” He points to several judges who have decided to retire rather than face negative evaluations but says commission members are bound by an oath of confidentiality against releasing that kind of information. With regard to the current slate of judges, he says, “I have interviewed each of the appellate judges at least twice, and I can confidently report that these individuals are some of the hardest-working people in Tennessee. Their integrity rises above partisan politics.”