The Knox County Commission on Monday picked local attorney and former Knox County GOP chairman Ray Jenkins to serve as one of five judicial commissioners, replacing Richard Major who stepped down to work as incoming Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond’s second-in-command.
Jenkins currently serves as a substitute magistrate and has practiced law for more than 16 years. He will start Aug. 26.
The county has five judicial commissioners, or magistrates, who work 36 hours per week on a rotating schedule. The position pays around $65,000 to review applications for warrants and summonses and conduct the initial court appearances of prisoners via closed-circuit television.