published Friday, May 21st, 2010

Killian nominated as U.S. attorney

  • photo

Jasper, Tenn., attorney Bill Killian is President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as U.S. attorney in East Tennessee.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the president's nomination, and I look forward to the Senate confirmation process," Mr. Killian said in a telephone interview Thursday evening.

The president chose Mr. Killian, a lawyer in Marion County for the past 32 years, to lead federal prosecution programs in East Tennessee. The U.S. Senate must confirm the appointment.

Mr. Killian, who practices in South Pittsburg, Tenn., and Chattanooga and is the city attorney for Monteagle, Tenn., said he didn't know how long that might take.

"I just look forward to cooperating in the process and going through it," he said.

Mr. Killian was nominated to replace Russ Dedrick, who was appointed in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Other applicants included Chattanooga defense attorney Lee Davis, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Harr in the Greeneville, Tenn., office and another private lawyer in Knoxville.

U.S. attorneys are appointed by the president and traditionally are replaced when a new administration of a different party takes over.

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., said in a statement that he is "proud to have such an accomplished individual ... nominated as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee." He said he hopes Mr. Killian "will have a speedy hearing and confirmation in the U.S. Senate."

Rep. Davis said that when Mr. Killian's appointment is confirmed, "I have no doubt he will serve the people of Tennessee with character and distinction."

Tennessee's senior U.S. senator, Republican Lamar Alexander, said in a news release that "I congratulate Bill Killian on his nomination by the president to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and I look forward to visiting with him."

Staff writer Monica Mercer contributed to this story.

about Staff Report...

Get breaking news from the Times Free Press on Twitter at or by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter at the right:

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.