Townsend ap­pointed special judge

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

Ten­nessee Gov. Bill Haslam ap­pointed Brook­lynn M. Townsend on Tues­day as special judge for the Gen­eral Ses­sions Court of Polk County.

Townsend’s ap­point­ment fills a tem­po­rary va­cancy left by Judge Billy D. Baliles.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate Brook­lynn Townsend’s will­ing­ness to serve in this ca­pac­ity,” Haslam said. “This will help serve the cit­i­zens in Polk County, and we wish Judge Baliles the very best in his re­cov­ery.”

Since 2007, Townsend, 37, has been an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney gen­eral for the 10th Ju­di­cial District, and since May 2015, she has been the Polk County team leader.

“I would like to thank Gov­er­nor Haslam for his con­fi­dence in me. I am hon­ored to have been ap­pointed to serve Polk County as its Gen­eral Ses­sions Judge and I wish Judge Baliles a speedy re­cov­ery,” Townsend said.

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