District 13

Honorable Bryant C. Dunaway

Serving Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties

Office Locations


Born in Crossville, Tenn.; Lives in Cookeville, Tenn.

Alma mater(s)

Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy; Tennessee Tech University, B.S.; Nashville School of Law, J.D.

Election history

Elected DA for the 13th District in 2014, winning both a contested primary and general race. Re-elected in 2022. 

Gen. Bryant C. Dunaway assumed the office of District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District on Sept. 1, 2014. The Office of the District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District consists of seven counties.  

Gen. Dunaway is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Tennessee Tech University and the Nashville School of Law. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a police officer for the City of Cookeville in the 1990s. Prior to his election, Gen. Dunaway was engaged in the private practice of law. 

“Being a prosecutor is a calling. It is such a privilege to be in a position to hold the guilty accountable while at the same time protect the innocent.” 

Gen. Dunaway is active in the community. He and his family are members of the congregation at the Collegeside Church of Christ, where he serves as a deacon. He is a state of Tennessee firearms instructor, a Rotarian and a former board member with the Rotary Club of Cookeville. He served as chairman of the board of CityScape and currently serves as the chairman of the board of both the 13th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center.   

Gen. Dunaway has been married 25 years to LeeAnn McCarter Dunaway. He is the father of twin daughters, Katie and Julianne (college students), and a son, Jennings (high school).


Collegeside Church of Christ, Cookeville, Tenn., serves as a Deacon; Rotary Club of Cookeville

Number and types of courts in your district:

Criminal Court, General Sessions Court and Juvenile Courts; three Drug Recovery Courts, and Veterans Treatment Court

Notable things about your district:

The 13th Judicial District is unique in Tennessee. Composed of seven counties, it is the largest judicial district in the number of counties it serves and geographic area. The district established the first Family Justice Center in a multicounty district to serve domestic violence victims.   

The district is home to Tennessee Tech University, which is rated as one of the top universities in the state. It is also the home of Center Hill Lake and Dale Hollow Lake. 



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Cookeville Criminal Office

1289 South Walnut Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: (931) 528-5015
Fax: (931) 528-9359

Livingston Criminal Office

1920 Bradford Hicks Drive
Livingston, TN 38570
Phone: (931) 823-1224
Fax: (931) 823-4303

Crossville Criminal Office

112 4th St.
Crossville, TN 38555
Phone: (931) 484-8732
Fax: (931) 484-0177

Cookeville Child Support

580 South Jefferson, Suite N
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: (931) 528-8598
Fax: (931) 525-2008