Shoaf a finalist for Tennessee Court of Appeals

The Wilson Post

Wilson Countys Forrest Shoaf is one of three finalists with hopes to fill Judge Patricia Cottrells seat in the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Cottrell announced recently that she will not seek retention in Aug. 2014, leaving the choice of replacement to be made by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Holding the position has been a longtime dream for Shoaf, who retired from being Cracker Barrel general counsel a year and a half ago. When I retired, I said the only thing I would want to be is an appellate judge but those seats do not become available that often. No one expected Ms. Cottrell to resign, he said.

Shoaf explained that he is a finalist on Slate A, along with Robert Lee Holloway, Jr. and William McBrayer that will be submitted to Haslam for consideration.

Shoaf said that other Judges representing the Middle Grand Division are from Davidson County, and he would love the opportunity to represent Wilson. However, he is unsure of when Haslam will make his selection.

The governor can act within 60 day or within six months, he said. I just have to hope for the best.