GREENSBORO — Gov. Roy Cooper appointed attorney Marc Tyrey on Wednesday to the Guilford County District Court to fill a vacancy, the governor’s office said in a news release.
“I’m humbled that Gov. Cooper has the confidence in me to serve as a District Court judge,” Tyrey said in an interview. “I’m grateful to the local bars and the community leaders who supported my nomination.
“I look forward to serving this community and working with the other judges to ensure a fair, impartial and diligent judiciary for all.”
Tyrey fills the seat left vacant in August after the unexpected death of Chief District Court Judge Tom Jarrell. The term runs through 2022.
N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley appointed Judge Teresa Vincent to assume Jarrell’s leadership role as the District Court’s chief judge. However, that left one seat still open on the court.
“Marc has been an integral part of the Guilford County legal community for more than 20 years, and I appreciate his commitment to continue serving,” Cooper said in the release.
Seven people sought support from the Greensboro and High Point bar associations to be nominated for the seat. The bars sent the names of the top five vote-getters to the governor for consideration. Tyrey received the most votes, 177, compared with 75 for the next highest vote-getter.
This was the third time Tyrey, a Democrat, was the local bar associations’ top nominee. The first two times, then-Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, passed over him to choose another person on the list.
Tyrey has been a visiting lecturer at Guilford College, is an active member of both the High Point and Greensboro bar associations, serves as a youth coach and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, according to the news release.
Tyrey received his Juris Doctor from Campbell University and his Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College.
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