District 4

Honorable Jimmy B. Dunn

Serving Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties

Office Locations

Alma mater(s)

Walters State Community College; East Tennessee State University; Nashville School of Law (J.D. 1986)

Election History

Elected in 2006, Re-elected in 2014 and 2022

Gen. Jimmy Dunn has served as District Attorney General for the 4th Judicial District, which includes Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson and Grainger counties, since being elected in 2006. Prior to being elected, Gen. Dunn served as Assistant District Attorney for more than 16 years. He was reelected for subsequent eight-year terms as District Attorney General in 2014 and 2022. 

Gen. Dunn graduated from Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University, where he studied English with an interest in teaching and also majored in criminal justice. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va. Later, while working with the Tennessee Department of Safety, he attended Nashville School of Law from 1983–1986. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in October 1986 and also admitted to the Federal Bar of the Middle District of Tennessee in 1986. He has also been admitted to the Federal Bar of the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Before he became an attorney, Gen. Dunn served his nation by joining the United States Army and serving as a military police officer in Germany from 1966–1968. He was a member of the 30th Military Police Battalion. He received an honorable discharge in June of 1968. 

Gen. Dunn is a former member and past president (1994–1995) of the Newport Kiwanis Club. He has served on the Cocke County Literacy Council and served as a past president of the Cocke County Boys and Girls Club. He served as president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference from 2016–2017. 

He and his wife, Karene, have a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Bruce. They attend Grace Baptist Church in Sevierville, Tenn.


Former member and past president (1994–95) of the Newport Kiwanis Club; Cocke County Literacy Council; Past president of the Cocke County Boys and Girls Club; President of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference from 2016–17.

Number and types of courts in your district:

Four Criminal Courts, five General Sessions Courts, five Juvenile Courts

Notable things about your district:

The mission of the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is to administer justice, advocate for victims, and partner with law enforcement and the citizens of the district in the deterrence and prevention of crime. In pursuit of that goal, Gen. Dunn created an Elder Abuse Unit to target crimes perpetrated against aging and vulnerable adults in our community. Crimes such as financial exploitation, abuse and neglect are on the rise, and a change in prosecution methods has been implemented for prosecution and working with stakeholders through VAPIT in a multidisciplinary setting. 

Sevier County is a tourist destination entertaining over 11 million visitors in 2019. There are over 100,000 people who reside in Sevier County. 



When it comes to safety and prevention, Tennessee District Attorneys know the importance of being tough on crime. Learn more about what your DA does.

Sevierville Criminal Office

125 Court Avenue, Suite 301-E
Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: (865) 429-7021
Fax: (865) 429-7025

Dandridge Criminal Office

P.O. Box 690
1252 Gay St.
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: (865) 397-2367
Fax: (865) 397-4807

Newport Criminal Office

355 East Broadway
Newport, TN 37821
Phone: (423) 623-1285
Fax: (423) 623-2012

Grainger Co. CJC

270 Justice Center Drive
Suite 112
Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-6462
Fax: (865) 828-6462