Glenn Funk set to step in as Davidson County district attorney
Davidson County District Attorney-elect Glenn Funk
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
For the first time in more than a quarter century, Davidson County will have a new district attorney - the top law enforcement position in the county.
Glenn Funk is a little of everything: a former public defender, assistant district attorney and defense attorney.
Soon, Funk will direct an office of more than 100 people.
"There is no question my time as public defender in Memphis made me a much better assistant district attorney in Nashville. And there's also no question my time as an assistant district attorney made me a better private attorney. The fact that I have the perspective from both sides will make me a more effective advocate," Funk said.
Many successful defense attorneys are unwilling to go back to the often less profitable world of state prosecution, but he's an exception.
"One of the things that I want to teach my kids is there is a lot more to life than how much money you make," Funk said.
Funk won Tuesday's Democratic primary by about 3,000 votes and is unopposed in the August general election.
His win was partly fueled by some unexpected support from victims' advocates who normally endorse former prosecutors, not defense attorneys.
But Verna Wyatt, a longtime voice for victims, thought Funk had a great feel for the victims' side of things.
"I was impressed on his knowledge of victims' issues," Wyatt said. "But when I listened, I realized he was willing to listen, and he does listen to people who are experts in the field."
Wyatt said she also believes his view of marriage reflects his character.
"He doesn't go to lunch with women by himself unless someone is with him. And I know that sounds prudish, but he does it to honor his wife. And I find that very attractive," she said.
"That is a standing rule. I've been married for 25 years and do not want to give the appearance of impropriety," Funk said.
Funk says his office will focus on violent crime and vulnerable victims, and that none of these cases will slip through the cracks.
He takes office Oct. 1.
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