Council elects Sophia Crawford to serve as Juvenile Court judge

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:33pm

Sophia Crawford will be the new Davidson County Juvenile Court judge after winning the Metro Council’s approval Tuesday night.

Crawford, who currently serves as a Judicial Court magistrate, initially received 18 votes, beating magistrates Carlton Lewis and Sheila Calloway, who received 11 and nine votes respectively. In a run-off, Crawford defeated Lewis by a vote of 25 to 13.

Her victory comes despite the fact that it was Calloway who received the most recommendations in a survey of 560 members of the Nashville Bar Association. Crawford will replace former Judge Betty Adams Green, who retired from the post last month.

The council also narrowly passed on second reading, a proposal that would end Metro’s policy of offering former two-term council members the opportunity to participate in the city’s health care plan for life.

There are 24 current council members and 33 former council members currently participating in the plan, according to Metro’s Human Resources Department. The total cost for current and former members is approximately $550,000 annually.

The proposal, which passed without discussion by a vote of 19-17, will be put to a final vote at the council’s next meeting, on Nov. 13.

In other business:

The council gave final approval to a rezoning ordinance that will permit a new office building in the Burton Hills office park, in Green Hills. The proposal drew a large crowd for a public hearing two weeks ago, with supporters — mostly developers and lobbyists — arguing that the development would bring jobs and neighborhood opponents expressing concerns, primarily about traffic. The council, however, approved the proposal Tuesday with no discussion.

6 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/17/12 at 7:21

Survey of the Nashville Bar Association is usually rather useless in
these type situations. Their vote is who will serve them and their
interest best versus who is best for the entire community. Funny
how the Judiciary always has their personal interest first, whether
lawyers or judges.

By: Jughead on 10/17/12 at 9:29

I wish they'd tell us how many thousands of dollars they wasted on those stupid electric car charging stations. Talk about a knee-jerk pile of baloney for technology that is tanking like the Titanic...

By: total_kos on 10/17/12 at 4:22

I am sorry to hear that a judge who is extremely disrespectful and condensending to parents in front of their children is taking helm. Not every parent who ends up in juvenile court is a bad parent. In its current state, Juvenile Court is an antiquated institution that needs an entire pardigm shift.

By: Klp5t on 10/18/12 at 10:21

It's funny how they elect people who they know will be unseated come Election Day. Crawford is very disrespectful to people. I honestly believe Calloway should have been elected she is very nice and always respectful. Thats what we need more of not disrespectful people down there. I hope Calloway runs against her in 2014. That's who I see best serving the kids and community. I agree with the person who said Crawford is disrespectful. It's time that we get these bad judges out of office in my opinion.

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