Meet the DA
District Attorney General: Charme P. Allen
Charme P. Allen is a veteran prosecutor with over 27 years of experience with the Office of the Knox County District Attorney General. In 2014, General Allen was elected as the District Attorney General of the 6th Judicial District, and she is honored with the distinction of being the first female elected to this position in the history of Knox County.
Following in the footsteps of her law enforcement family from Georgia, General Allen earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from West Georgia College in 1987 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1990. Immediately thereafter she became a full-time Assistant District Attorney General, pursuing her passion of seeking justice and helping victims of crimes, with a special emphasis on child abuse prosecution for the majority of her career.
Since taking office, General Allen has implemented many new policies and procedures, and has created teams of special prosecution units as well as a Community Affairs Unit in order to achieve her goal of being “Tough on Crime, Smart on Prevention.” While overseeing a staff of over 80 people, General Allen’s role as the county’s top law enforcement officer has given her the opportunity to address criminal justice issues on a larger scale. She is pleased to be active on the boards of numerous local agencies and organizations.
In 2014, General Allen became a member of the Knoxville Family Justice Center, Executive Committee and Children’s Committee; Metro Drug Coalition, Executive Committee; Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, Executive Committee and Legislative Committee; Knoxville Bar Association, Open Service Committee; and, Knox County Prescription Drug Task Force. She joined the Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force as a Board Member and the Knoxville Bar Foundation as a Fellow in 2015, and in 2016, she became a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. She’s also currently a member of the Executive Women's Association and Leadership Knoxville Class of 2017.
Year after year, General Allen’s peers have recognized her as a “Top Attorney” in Cityview Magazine’s Annual Top Attorney Awards (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016) and in June of 2016 she was privileged to be a Volunteer Escort for HonorAir Vietnam Veterans traveling to Washington, D.C. Much of her time as D.A. is gladly devoted to being a keynote and guest speaker discussing a wide variety of topics related to the justice system.
General Allen relies upon her lifelong experiences with law enforcement to pursue a multi-dimensional approach to prosecution. Her model for successful prosecution not only involves enforcing the law and seeking punishment for crime, but it also requires a dedication to the prevention of crime at its source in our community.