Randall A. York

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has appointed Randall A. York of Crossville as the district attorney general in the 13th Judicial District. The vacancy was created by the resignation of William E. Gibson, which became effective in July.

"It is a great honor and I am humbled by the confidence the governor has placed in me, and by the support of people who wrote letters on my behalf," York said. "I am anxious to roll up my sleeves and to do the very best job that I can."

The 13th Judicial District is composed of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties. York is the first District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District from Cumberland County.

 "Randy York has practiced general civil and criminal law in the state and federal courts, with a concentration in all seven counties of the 13th judicial district," said Bredesen. "I am pleased to make this appointment and believe Randy will serve the state of Tennessee with distinction and provide the leadership the people of the district expect and deserve.

"I also want to thank Tony Craighead for his service as District Attorney General Pro Tempore during the last two years," said Bredesen. "General Craighead has served the 13th District with integrity and honor during a difficult transitional period."

York has been a member of the firm Colvard, York and Ramsey since May 1990. Previously, he was a member of the firms Bean, Colvard and York from 1985 to 1990 and York and York from 1982 to 1985. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Science in 1978, York received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law in 1982.

"Randy and I have been partners for over 20 years," said Lany Colvard. "Randy, Bob Ramsey and I have been partners for over 13 years. Bob and I certainly hate to lose Randy as a partner but we both think the governor made the right choice.

"I think he will be as professional and effective as a prosecutor as he was as a defense attorney."

Colvard added that he felt York was the right pick to restore confidence in that office.

"I want to thank Gov. Bredesen for the opportunity to serve the state in this new capacity," said York. "I look forward to working with the dedicated employees of the district attorney's office to ensure justice is achieved for the citizens of Tennessee."

York is a member of Cumberland Homestead Baptist Church and serves as president of the Bread of Life Rescue Mission board of directors. He is a past president of the Cumberland County Bar and a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice.

He is married to Judith York, a teacher at Cumberland County High School, and has two children, Jonathan and Anna.