- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former district attorney for Rutherford and Cannon counties is replacing the embattled executive director of a state agency that advocates for prosecutors.

Bill Whitesell has been named interim executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference and will hold the position until June.

He replaces Wally Kirby, who retired after the conference voted to suspend him for a month following allegations that he orchestrated a deal to help Nashville’s district attorney boost his pension. Kirby has said he didn’t do anything wrong, and so has Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk.

Prior to his retirement last year, Whitesell had been district attorney in the 16th judicial district since 1995.

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