Cannon County Clerk and Master, William (Bill) H. Bryson, announced his retirement effective February 13, 2015.
Retired Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III, appointed Bryson as Clerk and Master in 2010. Bryson has practiced law in Woodbury for many years, and served as the City's Attorney, among many other notable positions.
Chancellor Howard Wilson announced the appointment of Bryson's successor, after reviewing several qualified candidates. Fellow attorney and bar member, Nathan Nichols, was offered and has accepted the appointment.
Chancellor Wilson released a statement on the retirement of Bryson and appointment of Nichols. "I want to thank Mr. Bryson for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Cannon County. I am also very pleased that Mr. Nichols has agreed to serve as Mr. Bryson's successor. Nathan brings a wealth of experience to the position of Clerk and Master having previously worked in the Cannon County Circuit Court Clerk's office and served as Assistant District Attorney General for the 16th Judicial district."
Nichols currently serves as an assistant district attorney general for the Sixteenth Judicial District, which includes Cannon and Rutherford Counties. He prosecutes major felonies and misdemeanors in Rutherford County Circuit Court. From 2001-2011, Nathan served Cannon County as a deputy circuit court clerk during the administrations of Robert H. "Hoppy" Davenport and Lynne Foster.
As a deputy clerk, he assisted with the maintenance of court records, performed accounting duties, helped citizens utilizing the clerk's office and served as law clerk to Judge Susan Melton. Nathan was elected to represent the First District on the Cannon County Commission from 2006- 2010 and was the Republican Party's nominee for Circuit Court Judge in 2014. During his time as a commissioner, Nathan was a member of the law enforcement, recreation and ethics committees and participated in the crafting of Cannon County's yearly operating budget. He received his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Nathan is a member of the Church of Christ and resides in the Curlee Community.
Nichols will be sworn in by Chancellor Wilson on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cannon County Courthouse.