The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments has sent three names for Gov. Bill Lee to choose from for an impending vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Justice Sharon Lee last year announced plans to step down on Aug. 31, 2023. Lee is the lone justice appointed by a Democrat.
The council sent the applications of Kristi Davis, Tom Greenholtz and Dwight Tarwater for the governor’s consideration. His pick must be confirmed by the Tennessee General Assembly.
Davis, also a finalist for the last vacancy on the high court, is a judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Greenholtz sits on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Tarwater is a partner at Paine, Tarwater, Bickers in Knoxville and the former legal counsel to then-Gov. Bill Haslam, Bill Lee’s Republican predecessor.
Other applicants not selected as finalists were John Rambo, a chancellor in Washington County, and Michael Richardson, a trial attorney in Chattanooga.