Commission Sends Three Names to Governor for 30th Judicial District Criminal Court Opening

November 6, 2017

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met November 6, 2017 in Memphis to consider four applicants for the Criminal Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District – Shelby County. The vacancy was created by The Honorable James C. Beasley, Jr. who informed the Governor that he will retire effective December 31, 2017.

After holding a public hearing and conducting public interviews, the Commission selected the following nominees:

Dean DeCandia – Memphis

Jennifer J. Mitchell – Memphis

Jennifer S. Nichols – Memphis

The Commission has forwarded the names to Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration.

Information on the nominees can be found at