Knoxville U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick will step down this week after serving as the top federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Tennessee since 2007, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Dedrick has been with the U.S. Attorney’s office for 38 years.
President Barack Obama on May 20 nominated Jasper, Tenn., lawyer Bill Killian to take replace Dedrick.
Since joining that U.S. Attorney’s office, Dedrick has served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and interim and acting U.S. Attorney. He also served as interim U.S. Attorney in North Carolina.
Then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez also asked Dedrick to head the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, which Dedrick turned down. Gonzalez “was a bit miffed,” according to Dedrick, but “we laughed about it later,” he said.
Dedrick plans to spend his retirement traveling with his wife and focusing on charity and community service work.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Sullivan will run the office until the Senate confirms a U.S. Attorney.
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William C. Killian (University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He would replace Bush holdover James R. Dedrick who began serving as the district’s head prosecutor in 2001.
- Born in Jasper, Tenn., in 1949.
- Since 1996 has been a city attorney in Monteagle, Tenn. Also worked as a city attorney from 1981 to 1988.
- Has been a sole practitioner in private practice in Jasper, Tenn., since 1979.
- Was an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Tennessee School of Law in 2003.
- Worked part-time from 1988 to 1990 as an assistant district attorney in Dayton, Tenn. Also worked in the position from 1976 to 1979.
- Was a part-time professor of civil and criminal justice at Edmondson Junior College in Chattanooga, Tenn., from 1979 to 1980.
- Worked as a part-time professor of civil and criminal justice at Northeast State Junior College in Rainsville, Ala., from 1979 to 1980.
- Served in the U. S. Army in the Tennessee National Guard from Dec. 21, 1970, to Jan. 9, 1973, and held the ranks of E-4 and Corporal.
- Has co-hosted a weekly show on a local-access cable television channel focused on local sports and charities for 18 years.
- Has tried approximately 360 cases, serving as sole counsel for 210 cases and associate counsel for 150 cases.
Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Killian reported assets valued at $1.8 million, mostly from real estate, and $436,900 in liabilities, mostly from mortgages, for a net worth of $1.4 million.
On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Killian reported earning $125,000 in distribution income and $30,000 in salary in 2009 and the first few months of 2010 from his law firm.
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The White House announced two new U.S. Attorney nominations Thursday night.
– David J. Hickton (Western District of Pennsylvania): The founding member of Burns, White & Hickton, LLC would replace Mary Beth Buchanan. Buchanan resigned to run for the Republication nomination for the 4th congressional district in Pennsylvania, currently represented by Rep. Jason Altmire (D). She lost the primary race on Tuesday. The district’s current U.S. Attorney is Robert S. Cessar.
– William C. Killian (Eastern District of Tennessee): The sole practitioner at William C. Killian, Attorney at Law PC would replace Bush holdover James R. Dedrick, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2001.
President Barack Obama has now made 70 U.S. Attorney nominations, 48 of whom have already won Senate confirmation.