Weakley E. “Eddie” Barnard, assistant district attorney general for the 17th District, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties, has been presented with the President’s Award by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.
The award is presented annually to assistant district attorneys who exemplify the goals and ideals of the conference by improving the quality of justice in the state.
“I am motivated by the pursuit of justice,” Barnard said. “We have strived to go above and beyond what’s required to serve our community. I hope to continue to make contributions in and out of the courtroom.”
Barnard has nearly four decades of experience in the criminal justice system. He served as an assistant district attorney in Nashville, and after a brief hiatus in private practice, Barnard joined former District Attorney Mike McCown’s staff in 1990, working primarily in Marshall County.
“Eddie has worked tirelessly on behalf of the criminal justice system,” said Robert “Rob” Carter, district attorney general for the 17th District. “While every prosecutor is compelled to devote the occasional weekend or holiday to the job, it is the norm for Eddie to be in his office, not only most evenings, but most weekends and many holidays.”
Barnard oversaw the development of the Tennessee Judicial District Drug Task Force and has assisted the conference with training new assistant district attorneys.
“Eddie’s presence has been invaluable to our organization,” said District Attorney General Kim Helper, of Williamson County, president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. “He exemplifies our drive to be a valuable resource to fellow prosecutors and, ultimately, to all Tennesseans.”