Nashville (WVLT) – A Knoxville judge has been appointed to fill an open spot on the Knox County Criminal Court, Division II.
Kenneth F. Irvine Jr. will fill the opening which was created when former Judge Ray Lee Jenkins passed away earlier in the year.
He was appointed as Special Judge in August.
Prior to the appointment he was an assistant district attorney for a year, and before that he served as an assistant public defender from 2004-2006.
“Ken Irvine has already demonstrated in his short time on the bench that he enjoys the confidence of the attorneys who appear before the Knox County Criminal Court,” said Governor Phil Bredesen, who made the appointment. “I am pleased to appoint Ken to this seat, and I appreciate the experience and willingness to serve that he brings to the position.”
Irvine is a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville, and he has clerked for former Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph B. Jones and practiced law in the private sector.
His career began as a paralegal in the United States Army.