The 17th Judicial District has a new District Attorney General.
The office of Gov. Bill Haslam announced that Robert Carter of Fayetteville will replace current 17th Judicial District Attorney General Charles Crawford, who is resigning effective July 31.
Crawford announced in March he was leaving the position, saying he was "physically and emotionally drained." The 17th Judicial District includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties.
"Robert represents the full picture of what we were looking for as the new district attorney general, and I appreciate his willingness to serve the citizens of the 17th District," Haslam said in a recent statement.
Carter was raised in Lincoln County and has been an assistant district attorney since 2010, working in the child support division and, most recently, as the state DUI grant prosecutor.
"I'm humbled and excited about the opportunity before me, and I appreciate the governor's confidence in me," Carter said. "I look forward to any challenges that lie ahead and serving the citizens of the 17th Judicial District."
In the child support division, he established, prosecuted, enforced, reviewed and, when appropriate, modified all child support matters for the district. As the DUI prosecutor for the district, he prosecutes in all courts and has responsibility for all criminal charges associated with each DUI defendant.
Before working as an assistant district attorney, Carter was with the firm Smith, Cashion & Orr PLC from May 2006 to December 2010, handling complex construction disputes and litigation.
He has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he is a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations.
Carter, 31, is a magna cum laude graduate of Cumberland University and earned his law degree from the University of Memphis' Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 2006.
He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Kristin, four-year-old son, Bruce, and one-year-old daughter, Sophie. He is an assistant baseball coach at Fayetteville high and middle schools.