By Nathan Baker
A local judge’s recent announcement that he plans to retire next spring has given area attorneys hope they may soon be viewing the courtroom from the other side of the bench.
First District Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown cited health reasons and a desire to spend more time with his family when he announced earlier this month that he intends to retire from the seat he has held since 1988.
Brown, now 62, said he believed the time was right for him to make way for a younger judge to preside over the district, which comprises Carter, Johnson, Washington and Unicoi counties.
Before becoming a judge, Brown worked in the district attorney’s office, and at least two local prosecutors have made it clear that they hope to follow a similar trajectory into his seat.