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Judge David E. Bales to take medical leave of absence

On Friday, Judge David E. Bales announced that he will immediately be taking a medical leave of absence. (Image: TNcourts.gov)

On Friday, Judge David E. Bales announced that he will immediately be taking a medical leave of absence.

Bales released a statement that reads, in part:

As many know, I have been recently treated for cancer and I appreciate the tremendous community-wide support that you have given me. However, in an effort to fulfill my public responsibility I returned to the bench prematurely. I now know that I need more time to recover. Therefore, I have decided to take additional time off to rest and recuperate so i can plan to return to the bench with full vigor and strength to serve the citizens of Hamilton County.

Bales was first appointed by the County Commission in October of 2005, then elected in 2006 and reelected in 2012.

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