Thomas E. Thrash was sworn in as the new Judge For the Jefferson County District Court Place 11 Tenth Judicial Circuit Of Alabama at an Investiture Ceremony held at the Justice Center Bessemer Division on January 4, 2019, at noon. The ceremony opened with the Call to Order by the Mistress Of Ceremony Mrs. Harriet Williams of 21st Street Baptist Church. The posting of the colors was presented by the Bessemer Police Department commanded by Lieutenant Roy Harris. Dr. Charles Diggins sang America the Beautiful during the posting of the colors. Mrs. Harriet Williams gave the Welcome and Greeting. The invocation was delivered by Pastor Phillip J. Williams of the First Baptist Ninth Street Church. Scripture was read by Reverend Louis Jones, Pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. Elected officials and pastors were recognized. Words of Encouragement was given by Pastor Thomas J. Thrash, Judge David Hobdy, Judge David Carpenter, and Judge Eric Fancher (Retired). Dr. Charles Diggins graced the ceremony with a musical performance of the song “To God Be The Glory.” The oath of office was administered by Pastor Thomas J. Thrash, who is also new elected Judge Thrash’s father. Newly, sworn-in Judge Thomas E. Thrash gave words of appreciation. The ceremony ended with closing remarks and a prayer from Reverend Charles Winston, Pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. As people left the service, Mr. Byron M. Thomas played music. A reception followed after the ceremony.
Judge Thomas Thrash was elected to office on November 6, 2018. Thrash is a life-long resident of the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County “Cutoff.” He attended St. Francis Catholic School from 1st to the 8th grade and subsequently attended Jess Lanier High School graduating in 1988.
Thrash served in the United States Army Reserve from 1988 through 1994. He served as a Hueytown Firefighter and medic from 1990 - 1993. He started his law enforcement career with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 where he worked in the Corrections Division. In 1995 he left the Sherriff’s department and joined the Birmingham Police Department were he worked as a narcotics detective, in undercover operations, in crimes scene investigations, as the E-911 Dispatcher Supervisor, and as a Patrol Supervisor.
Thrash graduated from Lawson State Community College in 1994 with an Associate Degree in criminal justice. In 2000 he received his Bachelor’s Degree In Criminal Justice from the University Of Alabama at Birmingham. Thrash received his law degree in 2006 from Miles College School Of Law. He opened his own law firm in 2006 where he concentrated in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, family law, landlord/tenant law.
Thomas Thrash has a lot of civic experience including a volunteer and Board Member for the Red Cross, a member of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer of the Miles Law School Alumni Association, was the 2015 Leadership Cup Award Winner for the Birmingham Police Department, a deacon and member of the 21st Street Baptist Church, sponsor of Bikes for Bessemer and sponsor of God’s Good Girls.
“I am always appreciative to those who supported me and ask for their continued prayers and support. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve in this capacity.” said Judge Thomas E. Thrash.