John Pryor Named City Attorney by Smithville Aldermen

June 19, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

John Pryor has been named City Attorney by the Smithville Board of Aldermen.

By a vote of 3 to 2, Pryor was selected by the city board Monday night, at least on a temporary basis, to succeed Sarah Cripps as City Attorney.

Cripps resigned earlier this month.

The city received resumes from only two attorneys, Pryor and Vester Parsley, Jr., to fill the position.

Aldermen Aaron Meeks, Cecil Burger, and Paul Young voted for Pryor, while Steve White and W.J. \"Dub\" White voted for Parsley.

After naming Pryor, the Board of Aldermen voted to set his retainer at $1,500 per month, which is $18,000 a year.

Pryor has been an attorney at the law offices of Sue N. Puckett-Jernigan in Smithville since April 1999.

From January 1998 until March 1999, Pryor was an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Tennessee, 13th Judicial District in Cookeville.

He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 1997 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, was licensed by the Tennessee Supreme Court in October, 1997, and was admitted to practice in November, 1997.

Pryor also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Finance.

He is a member of the DeKalb County Bar Association and the Upper Cumberland Bar Association.

Pryor is Chairman of the City of Smithville Beer Board, a member of the Smithville Community Chorus, and a former member of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and DeKalb Jaycees.

He and his wife, Tecia, who is also an attorney, reside in Smithville. They have one son.

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