Randy Nichols was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in September 1973. In February 1976 he was sworn in as an assistant district attorney for Knox County where he remained until he re-entered private practice. He practiced with the firm of Harwell and Nichols in the area of criminal defense until he was appointed Judge of Criminal Court Division 1 for Knox County in June 1988. He left the Bench in August 1992 to become District Attorney General for Knox County where he served for 22 years before retiring. He has been with the Sheriff’s office as special counsel for the past 5 years.