DA resigning to teach next fall

Monday, March 5, 2012

District Attorney Chuck Crawford, the top prosecutor in Marshall, Bedford, Lincoln and Moore counties' criminal courts, has been hired by the Fayetteville City School System to teach American history and government.

Dr. Janine Wilson, director of the city school system, announced to the Board of Education on Monday night that Crawford, who's also served as Lincoln County's session and juvenile court judge, would be teaching at the city's new high school next fall.

It's a career change the attorney sought for at least three reasons. Prosecuting suspects charged in gruesome crimes is physically and emotionally draining, and the people deserve 100 percent from the district attorney. Secondly, he has three young children and wants to be a father to them instead of spending too much time in the office and courthouse. Another reason is he's from a family of teachers and he married a teacher.

Gov. Bill Haslam has the responsibility of appointing a successor when Crawford's resignation takes effect on July 31.

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