Police-Officer-Turned-Lawyer Jumps into DA Race

Rutherford County attorney Chuck Ward announced Tuesday he has decided to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general in the 16th Judicial District, the Murfreesboro Post reports. The office is currently held by Bill Whitesell, who has served as district attorney since 1995 and has announced he will not seek re-election. Ward spent eight years working for the Murfreesboro Police Department while attending the Nashville School of Law. He has practiced law in Rutherford County for more than 21 years. “I will use my experience as a police officer, in addition to over two decades in the courtroom in both criminal and civil litigation, to bring a fresh perspective to the district attorney’s office,” Ward said.