Spring Hill Mayor and Aldermen’s Council to Hire New City Judge

The Spring Hill Mayor and Aldermen’s Council will seek a new municipal judge as current judge Deana Hood prepares to step down later this year.

Hood, who announced her candidacy for Circuit Court judge last fall, was appointed to the Judicial Ethics Committee by the Tennessee State Supreme Court in 2021. Hood previously served as judge of the Franklin Municipal Court since October 2014 and was appointed by the Spring Hill BOMA as a municipal judge in 2018.

Having recently won the May 3 Circuit Court primary against Shane K. McNeill, Hood is now expected to step down as a municipal judge at the end of August.

Stuart Taylor holds signs for Deana Hood for Circuit Court Judge and Sharon Guff for Juvenile Court Judge during the 2022 primary elections in Williamson County at Brenthaven Church in Brentwood, Tennessee on Tuesday May 3, 2022.

Spring Hill City Administrator Pam Caskie said the current problem is that Spring Hill does not have a definitive application process for hiring a new city judge.

“There are simply no requirements [we could find]. A few years ago there was a major change in the law that said you couldn’t hold two jobs, and we thought it also said you had to be a lawyer, but the reality is that we couldn’t. find anywhere, in the state statue, municipal code, [the Municipal Technical Advisory Service]anything,” Caskie said. “Obviously we think that would be wise, and so the question is how we’re going to go through the process.”

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Caskie added that city staff have looked at how the application process is conducted by similar cities like Franklin and Brentwood, and will likely adopt the Brentwood model when announcing the job opening.

“There’s an application, as well as a hiring procedure that basically lays out the application, gives us everything we need to give them and need to know about them, potential conflicts, backgrounds,” Caskie said. “It’s quite an extensive application.”

The process would also involve a nomination by BOMA, who will have the final decision.

Alderman Matt Fitterer said the city has gone through a similar process in the past.

“Human Resources posted a job description asking interested parties to apply. We first asked staff to review them, and then staff gave us a recommendation, which was Judge Hood,” Fitterer said. “Last time if there had been two or more I’m sure we would have had two or more options from the staff but it was very clear last time that Judge Hood was the viable option. .”

As a part-time position, the municipal judge’s salary is $28,000 and would primarily involve overseeing minor traffic violations and minor code infractions.

“I’m looking for a judge with experience dealing with these municipal ordinances and minor traffic violation cases,” said Alderman William Pomeroy, who is also a lawyer who handles such cases.