Miles Burdine Appointed To Board Of Judicial Conduct

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey on Thursday announced the appointment of Miles Burdine of Kingsport to a position on the newly-created Board of Judicial Conduct. Mr. Burdine’s term begins July 1.

“Miles Burdine is a man of unquestionable integrity and unassailable character," said Lt. Governor Ramsey.  "Judges in this state need to know that there are men of honor like Miles watching and holding them accountable. Miles will be a great addition to this board.”

A native of Kingsport, Mr. Burdine served over 30 years with the United States Marine Corps and Reserves retiring at the rank of Colonel. During his tenure in the armed forces, Burdine receive the Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and two Combat Action Ribbons.

Currently president & CEO of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Burdine has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the national management program for chamber of commerce executives.

The Board of Judicial Conduct was created to replace the Court of the Judiciary which was dissolved by the General Assembly earlier this year. The board will police the professional and ethical lapses of the judiciary by making it more difficult to dismiss complaints against them.

The new board is also required to submit annual reports to the General Assembly on its findings, restoring the legislative oversight of the judiciary required by our state constitution.

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