By Nathan Baker
Elizabethton defense attorney Stacy Street said he was “honored and humbled” Tuesday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision to appoint him to replace retired 1st District Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown.
“Stacy has extensive trial experience from his time in the private sector,” Haslam said in his announcement. “His experience, demeanor and respect for the court will benefit the citizens of the First Judicial District. I want to congratulate him for earning this new challenge, and I appreciate his willingness to serve.”
Street thanked the other two candidates, Steven Finney and Gene Gilmer Scott Jr., who were also recommended by a Judicial Nominating Commission in February for the seat presiding over cases in Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties.
“It was an honor to be in the running with Mr. Finney and Mr. Scott,” he said. “They’re very good friends of mine and will continue to be very good friends of mine.”
The three carpooled together to Nashville last week for their interviews with the governor.
A swearing-in ceremony for Street is planned for Thursday afternoon by sitting Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp.
Street’s first day behind the bench will likely come next week.
“The main difference is I’ll work all day in one county, not in courtrooms in all four counties in one day,” he said.
Street said he hopes to be a fair and just judge like his predecessor, Judge Brown.
“He was a fair man,” the incoming judge said. “He has serve the state honorably for many years. I hope I can meet and exceed his level of dedication to the district.”