Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Vanessa Bryan retires as District Public Defender


November 25, 2020

State Representative Sam Whitson, right, presented Vanessa Bryan with a proclamation from the House in appreciation of her years of service as Public Defender for the 21st Judicial District. Sen. Jack Johnson presented her with a Tennessee state flag.

Vanessa Pettigrew Bryan retired as District Public Defender of the 21st Judicial District effective November 1, 2020, after 31 years of service. The 21st District comprises Willliamson, Hickman, Lewis, and Perry counties.

She joined the Public Defender's office as an assistant public defender when the conference was created in 1989. She was elected to her first eight-year term as Public Defender in 2006 and was re-elected in 2014.

A retirement event was held in her honor on October 29 in the historic Williamson County Courthouse Community Room, which, in its past, was the General Sessions...

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