Former East Ridge Interim City Attorney Alex McVeagh has been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to temporarily fill a vacancy on the bench in Hamilton County General Sessions Court.
McVeagh, a 31-year-old graduate of Vanderbilt School of Law, will fill in for Judge David Bales, who stepped down from the bench last October after being diagnosed with cancer.
McVeah, an associate in the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, was the city’s interim attorney after Hal North resigned the position effective Jan. 1, 2017. He was a stand-in attorney for the city during North’s two-year tenure in East Ridge. McVeigh was one of four attorneys to apply for the job on a permanent basis and a finalist who was interviewed by city council members.
McVeagh, 31, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he plans to start his job as Sessions Court Judge on May 1 and clear up some of the backlog on the docket that Bales left behind while fighting cancer in 2016.