District 1

Honorable Ken C. Baldwin

Serving Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties

Office Locations
Honorable Ken C. Baldwin, District 1

Hometown

Kingsport, Tenn.; has lived in Washington County since 1974

Alma mater(s)

University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science; University of Tennessee, School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1974

Election history

Appointed District Attorney General April 2018; Elected District Attorney General August 2018

Gen. Kenneth Baldwin began his career with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in October 1984. “I have always had the desire to serve victims to the best of my ability. I felt that the only way I could fulfill this desire was to become a prosecutor.” During his tenure, he has prosecuted and conducted numerous trials in General Sessions, Criminal and Juvenile Courts in all four counties within the 1st Judicial District. Upon the sudden passing of District Attorney Gen. Tony Clark, Gen. Baldwin was appointed to the position of District Attorney General in April 2018. In August 2018, a “special election” was held and he became the duly elected District Attorney General for the 1st District. He serves the communities of Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties. Gen. Baldwin is married to his wife, Yvonne, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. 

Memberships:

Member of DNAA, TNDAGC Child Support Committee

Number and types of courts in your district:

Washington County – three General Sessions, two Criminal Courts, one Circuit Court, one Chancery Court, one Juvenile Court; Carter County – one General Session, two Criminal Courts, one Circuit Court, one Chancery Court, one Juvenile Court; Johnson County – one General Session, two Criminal Courts, one Circuit Court, one Chancery Court, one Juvenile Court; Unicoi County – one General Session, two Criminal Courts, one Circuit Court, one Chancery Court, one Juvenile Court; Each county has a Criminal Division office. Child Support offices are located in Johnson County and Carter County, which server Carter, Unicoi and Washington counties.

Notable things about your district:

The 1st Judicial District has one Family Justice Center located in Johnson City that serves victims. In the past year, the District Attorney’s Office appointed a criminal investigator to serve as the director of the Drug Task Force, as well as the appointment of a “special” prosecutor for the entire district solely dedicated to the prosecution of drug cases. This has been very successful in the conviction rates of drug offenders and yielded many convictions on the federal level. The 1st District also has prosecutors specializing in the prosecution of DUI and DUI-related offenses, as well as domestic violence offenses. One prosecutor is solely assigned to juvenile cases in Washington, Carter and Johnson counties.  

There are many attributes that make the 1st Judicial District unique. Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, the famous Appalachian Trail meanders through three of the counties within the 1st Judicial District. Washington County is home to Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. Jonesborough is also known for visitors such as Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson, David Crockett and John Sevier, just to name a few. Carter County is home to Sinking Creek Baptist Church, Tennessee’s oldest church, and Sycamore Shoals State Park and Roan Mountain State Park. 

OFFICE LOCATIONS

Jonesborough Criminal Office

P.O. Box 38
115 East Jackson Blvd.
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Phone: (423) 753-5020
Fax: (423) 753-4803

Erwin Criminal Office

P.O. Box 730
100 N. Main Ave.
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: (423) 743-1113
Fax: (423) 743-1120

Mountain City Criminal Office

301 West Main Street
Mountain City, TN 37683
Phone: (423) 727-3959
Fax: (423) 727-3965

Elizabethton Criminal Office

1500 W. Elk Ave. Ste. 208
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: (423) 547-5897
Fax: (423) 547-5896

Elizabethton Child Support

1500 W. Elk Ave. Ste. 206
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: (423) 547-5871
Fax: (423) 547-0012

Mountain City Child Support

301 West Main Street
Mountain City, TN 37687
Phone: (423) 727-3961
Fax: (423) 727-3965