New D.A. is White County graduate
By Sparta Live | September 29, 2008 12:00 am
A man who graduated from White County High School 34 years ago is now at the helm of the 13th Judicial District as the chief prosecutor of the seven-county region.
Randy York, of Cumberland County, has been named district attorney general for the 13th Judicial District. Gov. Phil Bredesen made the official announcement Sept. 24 about York’s appointment. Tony Craighead, a former assistant district attorney general, had filled the position two years as a temporary appointment. The seat had originally been vacated by Bill Gibson amid an investigation of alleged ethics violations. Gibson’s official resignation became effective July 2008.
York will oversee White, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett and Putnam counties.
“I’m humbled and truly honored,” said York. “It’s a massive undertaking, and I’m really excited about the challenge. I think we have the opportunity to do something really good.”
York has been a member of the law firm of Colvard, York & Ramsey since May 1990. From 1985 to 1990, he was a member of Bean, Colvard and York. York received a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, in 1978, and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law, in 1982.
York said he expects to officially begin his duties within a couple of weeks. The newly appointed chief prosecutor said he has some court cases that must be resolved before he assumes his duties.
York moved to Sparta in January 1972 and graduated from White County High School in 1974.
His father John York served as a trooper with Tennessee Highway Patrol and was stationed in White County until 1986. His mother Ruth York served as both administrator and director of nursing at White County Nursing Home.
Randy and his wife Judith have two children. Jonathan, 24, is in his third year of medical school. Anna, 22, works in Washington D.C. for Congressman Lincoln Davis.