Williamson Co. State's Attorney Issues Resignation

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By WSIL Reporter

UPDATED WEDNESDAY SEPT. 3, 2014 5:10 p.m.

WSIL -- Three years ago Charles Garnati stood before the media, announcing he would run for an 8th consecutive term as Williamson County State's attorney. He promised to finish that term, if elected.  

"There was speculation that I wouldn't finish out this term and I'm finishing it out," said Garnati. "I have no inclinations to do otherwise. If I am given the chance." 

Just three months ago at his annual charity event, Garnati continued to deny retirement rumors.   

"To end some very unfortunate speculation there will be a Chuck Garnati golf day next year as long as Chuck Garnati is state's attorney," explained Garnati. "And there will be one next year." 

On Tuesday, Garnati handed in his resignation to the county board.  

"I think he deserves to have a good retirement and we are lucky to have a guy like him," said chairman Brent Gentry.  

"For 30 years to be the state's attorney is tremendous," said commissioner Ron Ellis.  

Ellis will seek recommendations on a successor from Garnati and the Williamson County Democratic Chair. If both agree, a successor could be chosen by Monday to complete Garnati's term. 

"I would be willing to bet the farm that he has somebody in mind that he would like to have as his successor," explained Ellis.  

Garnati's replacement will be inheriting four pending murder cases and will be succeeding a prosecutor with more than 30 murder convictions. The board says it's important to make a decision as soon as possible.  

"We can not sit and wait 20 or 30 days to get a replacement," said Gentry. "It has to be now to keep this thing going for the tax payers." 

 

The board cannot vote on a replacement until Monday morning, when Garnati's resignation becomes official. However, the state's attorney was expected to give his recommendation to the board chair Wednesday Night.  

ORIGINAL STORY

MARION -- Longtime Williamson County State's Attorney Chuck Garnati has sent his letter of resignation to county commissioners. Garnati sent the following letter to Williamson County Chairman Ron Ellis.

Dear Chairman Ellis,

It has been my great pleasure to serve as the Williamson County State's Attorney these past several years.  However, the time has come for me to step down.  Please accept my resignation effective Monday, September 8, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.  I strongly advise you hold a special meeting at that time to appoint my successor.

Sincerely,

Chuck Garnati

In June, Garnati said via email he planned to leave office in August to start a private law practice in Marion. He is currently in the middle of his eighth term, and has served as Williamson County's top prosecutor for 30 years.

Garnati holds the state record for most consecutive terms in the position.

 

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