Attorney Joseph Hollis Jr. was the top choice of lawyers in a Chattanooga Bar Association poll to replace General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck. He is a member of the firm of Baker, Kinsman, Hollis, Clelland & Winer.
Nineteen attorneys are seeking the appointment from the County Commission.
Attorney Hollis got 57 first choice votes.
Kevin Wilson, the Collegedale judge, received 37.
Magistrate Ron Powers was third with 25.
Attorney Gerald Webb had 15 first choice votes, and Mike Little of the Public Defender's Office had 12.
Scott Grant, Cris Helton, Bill Pemerton 9
Leslie Longshore had 8
Boyd Patterson 6
Jeffrey Kopet 4
Elizabeth Schmidt, Rex Sparks, Philip Strang 2
Larry Ables, Kevin Beck, Jeffrey Davis, David Schmidt, Carmen Ware 1
There were 203 members of the bar association taking part.
The commission interviewed the candidates last Wednesday.
The appointment is slated to be made at the regular commission meeting on Wednesday.
The new judge will be sworn in next Monday.
That judge will serve until the August 2020 county general election.
The winner of the judgeship in the election will serve the remainder of Judge Shattuck's term until the August 2022 election.