Gary S. Humble, a longtime assistant U.S. attorney in Chattanooga, is running for the post of Signal Mountain town judge in the Aug. 2, 2018, election.
Humble filed his qualifying position for the post on Jan. 8, according to the Hamilton County Election Commission website. He is the only candidate for the job so far. Qualifying ends Feb. 15.
Humble was a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chattanooga from 1987 to 2011, he said in a news release. His cases primarily involved public corruption and fraud including former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long, several bank fraud cases from the collapse of the Butcher banking empire, a contract-for-degrees scheme involving University of Tennessee Space Institute professors, the Lee College freshmen dormitory arson case, and the Pioneer Bank fraud case. All told, he said, he prosecuted around 150 jury trials in federal court.
Since his retirement from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Humble has maintained a private law practice. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, including the Signal Mountain Court, Hamilton County chancery and circuit courts, and general sessions court. His cases have involved both criminal and civil matters.
His earlier experience included serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In the latter position, he prosecuted a number of electrical contractors for bid rigging on the Moccasin Bend Waste Water Treatment Plant.
He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law and has coached a number of Hamilton County high school mock trial teams, including Central, Hixson and Soddy-Daisy. His teams won several regional championships.
Humble also has published several scholarly law review articles that have been cited by various federal and state courts, including the United States Court of Appeals in United States v. Oliver North.
He lives on Signal Mountain and is a member of the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.