Washington Co. to Begin Process for Hiring New Judge

At least six people are eying the third General Session judge position in Washington County, including Ken Baldwin, assistant district attorney general for the First Judicial District; Douglas Carter, an attorney in Johnson City; Suzanne Cook, with Hunter, Smith & Davis; Bill Donaldson, assistant public defender for the First Judicial District; Janie Lindamood, an attorney in Johnson City; and Dan Smith, an attorney in Jonesborough. The Johnson City Press reports that county commissioners have voted to appoint an eight-member legal services committee to work out the process for filling the new post, which will help the court take on additional responsibilities, including environmental issues.