Three magistrates vie for council's Juvenile Court judge appointment

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 3:13pm

Three court magistrates are vying for the Metro Council’s special appointment to replace retiring Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green.

Sheila Calloway, Sophia Crawford and Carlton Lewis — who all serve as magistrates in Green’s Juvenile Court — have each been nominated to fill the spot on the bench left vacant by the retiring judge.

Green, who presided over Davidson County’s Juvenile Court for 14 years, announced her September retirement last month. Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors announced the court vacancy at last week’s Metro Council meeting. Nominations were due Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The council is set to appoint Green’s successor at its Oct. 16 meeting.

Former Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Marietta Shipley nominated Calloway, a magistrate since 2004.

Metro Councilman Fabian Bedne submitted the nomination for Crawford, who was appointed a Juvenile Court magistrate in 2002.

The nomination for Lewis, a magistrate since 1998, came from former Juvenile Court Judge Richard Jenkins.

Before the council appoints a judge, each candidate will appear before the council’s Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee on Oct. 2.