A new Circuit Court judge for Henry County was named Friday afternoon.

J. Brent Bradberry was named Circuit Court judge for the 24th Judicial by Gov. Bill Lee.

He replaces retiring judge C. Creed McGinley, effective immediately. He will serve the five counties of the 24th Judicial District, which comprises Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties.

He is formerly of the Dresden law firm James H. Bradberry and Associates, now known as Bradberry and Pemberton.

Bradberry served briefly as attorney for the city of Henry in 2015, after the Dresden firm was hired by the city's board of aldermen on Aug.11, 2015.

He left in December of that same year to accept a position as a state judicial law clerk to Senior Judge Bill Acree of Union City, which he considered a conflict of interest. He was replaced by Beau Pemberton, another partner in the firm.

Bradberry is currently serving as assistant district public defender for the 27th Judicial District. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at Nashville School of Law and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Also on Friday, Lee appointed William E. Phillips II as judge in the 3rd Judicial District Circuit Court.

“These two qualified Tennesseans will bring valuable experience to their respective roles,” Lee said. “I’m honored to announce their appointment and confident they will serve our state with the highest integrity.”

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