SELMER, Tenn. — McNairy County has a new Circuit Court Clerk in Ashley Hollingsworth after she was chosen by the McNairy County Board of Commissioners during their monthly meeting Monday night.
A resigned McNairy County Circuit Court Clerk Bryan Maxedon had asked the commissioners to appoint his chief deputy cherk Vickie Bodiford until the next county general election in August, 2022. Bodiford had said she was not planning on asking for the office in the election.
An excited Hollingsworth was bubbling with joy after she had been voted in by commissioners by a 12-7 margin over Vickie Bodiford. Two county commissioners were absent from the metting and 11 votes was the required vote. Former Circuit Court Clerk and County Mayor Ronnie Brooks expressed interest in the job, but failed to get the required nomination from a commissioner.
Hollingsworth and Bodiford were the lone candidates asking to replace the position left after the resignation of Byron Maxedon, whose resignation letter to the county stated he planned to be more involved with a private family business.
Maxedon had served for nine years as the McNairy County Circuit Court Clerk having been elected in November of 2012. He was a 12-year law enforcement veteran who worked for the Jackson-Madison County Police Department and the Selmer Police Department.
A 2011 graduate of McNairy Central High School, Hollingsworth was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2015.
Hollinsworth was a Probation Case Worker/Corrections Coordinator, Southwest Human Resource Agency prior to being elected to her new position.
She did not waste time in getting to work because she was in her new office Tuesday morning at the McNairy County Justice Complex.
Her grandfather, George Armstrong, is the longtime Ramer mayor and her father, Philip Hollingsworth, is a McNairy County commissioner. Her mother is Amy Hollingsworth. Her dad was one of the 12 votes to get appointed to the position.
The new circuit court clerk is a member of McNairy County Young Republicans; McNairy County Republican Women; McNairy County Recovery Court; Team McNairy County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; McNairy Adult Leadership Class February 2015 – June 2016; Deputy Clerk, McNairy County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office June 2016 – July 2019; and Probation Officer/Office Manager, PSI Probation July 2019.