With the sudden passing of Coffee County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy R. Brock Monday, the county is beginning the process to place an interim judge on the bench to fill the rest of his term.
Brock, 62, passed away Nov. 11 in Reno, Nevada while attending a judicial conference there. He had served as General Sessions Judge for Coffee County since his first election in 1990 and had the juvenile court jurisdiction added to his docket in 1998.
Coffee County Election Commission Administrator Andy Farrar said due to the timing of Brock’s passing, the seat will be up for primary election during the March 3 balloting. The nominees from the Democratic and Republican primaries will move on to the August 2020 elections with the winner to serve until the 2022 elections roll around.
The deadline for qualifying to run for the unexpired term on the bench will be the same as it is for all races coming up this year. Farrar said if anyone is interested in the seat must submit papers by Dec. 12 by noon. Whoever is elected will serve the remaining two years of the eight year term.
In the meantime, it will be the responsibility of the Coffee County Commission to appoint an interim judge to serve until the election determines the next judge in August. The commission as 120 days to appoint an interim judge.
While the question of who will be appointed as next judge was not on the agenda during Tuesday’s meeting of the full county court, commission members took time to recognize Brock’s work and accomplishments and held a moment of silence for Brock and his family.