Varlan named next chief judge of U.S. District Court

6:30 PM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan
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U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will become the chief judge in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Varlan, who presides in Knoxville, will stand as the administrative judge for the district, which includes 41 counties and serves 2.5 million people, starting Monday.

The chief judgeship rotates every seven years to the next judge in seniority who is under the age of 65.  Varlan succeeds Judge Curtis Collier, of Chattanooga

There are three other active judges - Thomas W. Phillips, Knoxville; J. Ronnie Greer, Greeneville; and Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice Jr., Chattanooga - and one senior judge, Leon Jordan, Knoxville.

Varlan has been a member of the Judicial Conference since 2010. He has been on the federal bench since 2003, and he is the first person of Greek descent to be appointed to the federal judiciary in Tennessee, according to news release.

Varlan is the 21st person to hold a U.S. District Court Judgeship in this district. 

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