Bowles appointed judge

Friday, October 7, 2011

Marshall County commissioners on Thursday night elected Lee Bowles, law partner with her father who's a former state appeals court judge, to be the county's General Sessions Court judge.

Judge Bowles was sworn-in by her father, Walter Bussart, in the Courthouse on Friday morning. She succeeds Steve Bowden who served as sessions court judge for nearly 34 years. He resigned because of a state law. That law states that counties of a certain population or more should be served by a full-time judge.

Bowden had served in a part-time capacity, but was forced by the law to decide whether he would continue in that position full-time and give up his law practice, or keep the private practice and resign from the bench.

Commissioners voted 14-3 to appoint Bowles as judge. On the day before the special-called session, County Attorney Bill Haywood submitted a letter to County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett saying he was withdrawing his application to succeed Bowden. That left Bowles and Lewisburg-based attorney Cecilia Spivy as the two applicants for the job. Spivy is the attorney for the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities. She received the three votes that Bowles didn't get from the 17 commissioners present. Commissioner Anna Childress was absent.

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