State: AC Chancellor submits resignation, successor sought

State officials say that Anderson County’s first female Chancellor, M. Nichole “Nicki” Cantrell, is resigning at the end of the month.

The reason for her departure remains unclear at this time, but a notification of the opening on the state’s Trial Court Vacancy Commission states that her resignation will go into effect on January 31st.

Cantrell was elected Chancellor in 2014, replacing William Lantrip, who had retired, and was re-elected without opposition in the 2022 election.

In a post on its website dated January 17th, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts said the Trial Court Vacancy Commission is now accepting applications for the chancellor position in Anderson County’s Seventh Judicial District.

Qualified applicants have to be licensed attorneys who are at least 30 years old, have lived in the state for five years, and are Anderson County residents.

Interested applicants can visit the state website for more information. The deadline for applicants is noon CST (1 pm EST) on Monday, February 6, 2023.

The Commission will hold a public hearing to interview candidates at 9 a.m. Friday, February 24. That hearing will be at the Anderson County Courthouse at 100 North Main Street in Clinton.

(Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts)

January 17, 2023

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Chancellor in the 7th Judicial District, which covers Anderson County. The vacancy was created by the resignation of the Honorable M. Nichole Cantrell, effective January 31, 2023.

Qualified applicants must be licensed attorneys who are at least 30 years of age, have been residents of the state for five years, and are residents of the 7th Judicial District. Interested applicants must complete the Trial Court Vacancy Commission Application, which is available at www.tncourts.gov, and submit it to the Administrative Office of the Courts by noon CST on Monday, February 6, 2023. The application and instructions are available at http://www.tncourts.gov/administration/judicial-resources A completed application includes: (1) the original signed (unbound) application; and (2) a digital copy of the application. The Commission encourages applicants to submit applications as soon as possible and communicate with the Administrative Office of the Courts to schedule hand-delivery or provide delivery tracking information for the original application to help ensure timely receipt by the deadline.

The Commission will hold a public hearing to interview candidates on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 9 a.m. EST at the Anderson County Courthouse located at 100 N. Main Street, Clinton, TN 37716.

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