The 24th Judicial District is once again without a chancellor.
Jennifer King of Huntingdon, who was appointed to fill the chancellor's seat on Sept. 4, has resigned from that post. News of her resignation first appeared in an article in Monday's edition of The Jackson Sun.
King said in a Tuesday email to The Post-Intelligencer that changes to the nomination process for the chancellor's job prompted her resignation.
"In June 2019, a majority of the counties in the 24th Judicial District voted to have a primary for the 2020 judicial election," King wrote. "I was appointed on September 4, 2019, by Governor Bill Lee to serve as Chancellor for the 24th Judicial District. After my appointment, the counties voted to change their nominating process from a primary to a caucus to decide the Republican nominee for chancellor in 2020. I saw nothing in the Tennessee GOP by-laws that allowed this to be changed after the majority of the counties had voted to hold a primary. I thought the citizens of these counties should have been allowed to have a vote in who they elected as chancellor in 2020 and that was not going to happen in a caucus process decided only by select delegates."
The Carroll County resident was named to the post by Lee, who has not released a statement about the resignation.
King is the cofounder and partner of King & King, PLC.
She is a Rule 31 family mediator with experience in family law and civil litigation. A graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law and Lipscomb University, King practices along with her husband Jay Dustin King.
She told the Sun she was happy to be back at her law offices, and happy to be representing its clients.
The 24th Judicial District covers Henry, Benton, Carroll, Decatur and Hardin counties.
Prior to King's appointment, the chancellor’s post had been vacant since April, when former Chancellor Carma McGee was named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section.
McGee was named by Lee to replace Judge Brandon O. Gibson on the appellate court, after Gibson’s appointment as a senior adviser in the governor’s office.
Prior to her appointment to that court, McGee had served as 24th District chancellor for 5 years, having been appointed in 2014.