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Haslam names Robert Carter to be district attorney

Saturday, July 14, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Haslam has named Assistant District Attorney Robert Carter to succeed District Attorney Chuck Crawford who's resigning effective July 31.

Carter, 31, of Fayetteville, is to serve the unexpired portion of Crawford's term as district attorney until results of the August 2014 election take effect. He can run for a full eight-year term.

Carter has been an assistant district attorney since 2010, most recently prosecuting DUI cases and previously working in the child support division. He was one of three assistant district attorneys who applied for the job. The other two are Mike Randles of Lewisburg and Brooke Grubb of Fayetteville who has family roots in Lewisburg.

Before Carter joined the prosecutor's office, he was with the law firm of Smith Cashion & Orr from May 2006 to December 2010.

Crawford was an assistant district attorney before he was elected to an eight-year term as the Lincoln County General Sessions and Juvenile Court judge. Then, after six years as the top law enforcement officer in Marshall, Bedford, Lincoln and Moore counties, Crawford announced he would resign at the end of this month in time to become a history teacher at the new high school in Fayetteville. He's also spending more time with his wife and two children.