Murphy attorney appointed district court judge
Gov. Pat McCrory recently appointed Republican Cherokee County Attorney Tessa Shelton Sellers as district court judge for the 30th Judicial District. She replaces longtime Judge Richlyn Holt, who retired from his post as chief district court judge in April.
The appointment was announced exactly one month after the 30th Judicial District Bar voted on five nominees to send as a recommendation to the governor.
Sellers, 36, was a prosecutor for five years before going into private practice. Sellers is the proprietor of the Law Office of Tessa Shelton Sellers in Murphy and is counsel for the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Sellers resides in Hayesville with her husband Joe Jack and two children, Jackson and Rhett. She was sworn in at the Clay County Courthouse Monday and took the bench Tuesday in Haywood County District Court. The seat will come up for election in 2016.