A crowd turned out to welcome new General Sessions Division IV Judge Robert Headrick during a reception at the Blount County Public Library Tuesday evening.
Headrick said he was thankful to the Blount County commissioners who chose him to fill the seat vacated when Judge David Duggan won the Division II Blount County Circuit Court seat.
“I want to do right by the people of Blount County,” he said. “I want to be the best General Sessions judge I can be.”
Headrick also said he was appreciative of the crowd that turned out Tuesday evening. “It means I have the support of the people of Blount County,” he said. “That’s all important.”
The judge’s brother, Michael Headrick, said he was proud of his sibling’s accomplishment. “It’s something that’s been on his mind a long time. I think the people of Blount County will be well-served. He’s a good man. He knows where he was born and raised, and he’s never forgotten it.”
General Sessions Judge Division III Judge Bill Brewer said he has heard reports Headrick has done well in his first few days on the bench. “He’s working hard and eager to learn the position,” he said.
Duggan said he couldn’t think of a lawyer in the county who would make a better judge than Headrick. “I can say this because of his legal knowledge and skill and his sense of justice and compassion,” he said.
Bill Johnson praised Headrick. “I think he’ll make a good judge,” he said. “I think he’ll work out just fine.”
Assistant County Mayor Dave Bennett said Headrick wouldn’t try to legislate from the bench and would carry conservative values with him in doing his job. “He will be a good judge for years to come,” Bennett said.
State Rep. Doug Overbey said Headrick brings a great deal of legal expertise to the job. “I think he will be very conscientious and considerate of the litigants who appear before him,” he said.
Connie Huffman graduated Heritage High School with Headrick. “He’s a local boy made good,” she said. “I’m proud of him.”