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Knoxville Attorney Charles W. Swanson Appointed As City Law Director by Rogero

charles swansonKNOXVILLE -- Knoxville attorney Charles W. Swanson was appointed to the position of City Law Director by Mayor-elect Madeline Rogero today.

Swanson has served for more than 26 years as special counsel to Knoxville City Council. He is a partner with Sheppeard Swanson & Mynatt law firm. Swanson also served as assistant city attorney from 1982 to 1984 and as special judge and referee of Knox County Juvenile Court from 1979 to 1982.

"Charles Swanson is highly respected by his peers in the legal profession and by those who have worked with him in his role as counsel to City Council," Rogero said. "He is uniquely qualified to fill this important position, and I will rely heavily on his legal experience."

Swanson was president of the Tennessee Bar Association from 2004 to 2005 and president of the Knoxville Bar Association in 2002. He also was president of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court in 1998 to 1999 and president of the Knoxville Barristers in 1989. He is a Rule 31 Mediator.

"I am looking forward to working with Mayor-elect Rogero to serve the citizens of Knoxville as law director," Swanson said. "I have enjoyed my 26 years of direct service to City Council very much, but I won't be moving too far since the city law director also attends all Council meetings. I am glad to have the opportunity to continue our association."

Swanson is active in the Knoxville community. He is current president of the Metropolitan Drug Commission and on the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of East Tennessee. He is a former chair of the board of trustees of Church Street United Methodist Church and a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2001.

Swanson is married to Knoxville attorney Pamela L. Reeves. They are parents of two children, Reedy, a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, and Amanda, a second-year student at the University of Virginia.

Debbie Poplin recently resigned as law director under current Mayor Daniel Brown to take a position as U.S. District Court clerk for East Tennessee.

Published November 30, 2011, 12:24 p.m.

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