Five candidates have been nominated to serve as the new Davidson County Criminal Court clerk, a list that includes Metro heavyweights such as Councilman Michael Craddock and former Vice Mayor Howard Gentry, as expected.
Nominations to fill the position left open by retired clerk David Torrence had to be delivered to Metro Clerk Marilyn Swing by Tuesday. In addition to the two well-known politicians, candidates include Gayle Barbee, Frank Friedman and Steven Murff.
Four of the five opted to nominate themselves, but District 1 Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr. filed the nomination for Gentry, who is currently employed by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The names are now headed to the Nashville Bar Association and the Napier-Looby Bar Association, which will both make recommendations to the Metro Council. The council is set to appoint a new clerk Aug. 16.
Gentry, believed to have the backing of some of Mayor Karl Dean’s allies, has told The City Paper he sees the job as a way to continue public service.
Craddock ran for Criminal Court clerk during last year’s Democratic primary, but lost overwhelmingly to Torrence.
Barbee works as director of operations for the state’s Board of Probation and Parole.
Friedman is the owner of Friedman’s Army-Navy Store on 21st Avenue.
Murff is the former program director of the Davidson County Mental Health Court. Since March, he has worked as supervisor of the Quality Assurance Branch of the Criminal Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court System.