Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to appoint 10th District Attorney General-elect Steve Crump to fill the office which has been vacated by the early retirement of current DAG Steve Bebb for a pro tem term.
Bebb’s last day in the position was Monday.
Crump confirmed to the Cleveland Daily Banner he was notified Monday afternoon to expect a communication from the governor’s office today with a formal press release to follow.
The new DAG has been in talks with the governor’s office for the last few weeks in preparation for the decision.
Both Crump and Bebb have been working on the eventual transition since Crump won the Republican nomination in May.
However, Bebb’s decision to retire before his term was completed led to the necessity for a temporary appointment to fill the office until the September date.
Because there is no Democratic candidate for the office, Crump will assume the office officially to begin a full term Sept. 1.
Tuesday’s appointment gives Crump a 60-day head start on the term he would have begun on that date.
“I appreciate the assistance and support of District Attorney General Bebb and his staff as I begin this new responsibility to the people of the 10th District as pro tem as well as the full term to follow,” he said.
Crump said a ceremonial oath taking would be scheduled at a later date.