Four Apply for 13th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Vacancy

April 17, 2019

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider four candidates when it meets on May 21 in Cookeville to select nominees for the criminal court judge vacancy in the 13th Judicial District, which covers Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties. This vacancy was created by the upcoming retirement of the Honorable David A. Patterson, who will end his service effective June 30, 2019.

The applicants are:

Rebecca Brady

Wesley Thomas Bray

J. Michael Shipman

Jeffrey A. Vires 

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will interview the applicants on May 21 at Tennessee Technological University, Whitson-Hester School of Nursing – Bell Hall, 10 W. 7th Street, Cookeville. The meeting will include a public hearing starting at 9 a.m. CDT, during which anyone may express their opinions in opposition to the applicants. The Commission is expected to vote immediately following the interviews and forward three names to Governor Bill Lee for his consideration. 

Completed applications of all the candidates can be found on