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Congratulations to Key Leaders Sworn Into Office


Mayor David Briley offers his hearty congratulations to those officials recently sworn-in to key leadership positions with several new appointments marking historic and diverse milestones for the city. The newly-elected officials include:

  • Davidson County Criminal Court Division II Judge Angelita Dalton, who is already the first African-American woman elected to serve as a General Sessions Judge in Davidson County, and is now also the first African-American woman to sit on the Davidson County Criminal Court.
  • General Sessions Division III Judge Ana Escobar, who has 22 years of experience in defending and prosecuting domestic violence cases, is the city's first Latina judge.
  • Karen Johnson, a former Metro Council Member, is both the first woman and the first African American to hold the position of Register of Deeds for the city.
  • Martesha Johnson, who previously served as assistant public defender for nine years, is Nashville's first African-American Public Defender.
  • Anne Martin, who has a 25-year legal career handling the complex cases tried in Chancery Court, is the new Davidson County Chancellor.
  • Lonnell Matthews, previously director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods and member of the Metro Council, is the city's first African-American Juvenile Court Clerk.

"Each of these leaders has fought to make Nashville the inclusive, supportive community we know it to be and I look forward to working with them for years to come," said Mayor Briley.