Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green plans to retire from the bench in six weeks, ending 14 years in that role.
Green confirmed the news to The City Paper Friday morning. An official announcement was expected later on Friday. Her retirement is set to go into effect Sept. 17.
“I just think it’s time,” Green said. “I have eight grandchildren. I would love to have time to play with them while they’re still young enough to think I’m cool.”
Green, a 66-year-old resident of East Nashville, is a former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Youth Development under then-Gov. Ned McWherter’s administration. She was a former Davidson County assistant district attorney before that and was elected to the bench in September 1998.
“It’s mixed emotions,” Green said of her retirement. “I’ve never not worked in my life since I graduated from high school, so I don’t know what it’s going to be like to not have a job to get up and go to.
“On the other hand, I do think juvenile court is a court that requires an incredible amount of energy,” she added. “You have to almost be a cheerleader for the juvenile justice system. You have to work with the Department of Children’s services, with the police department, with the school system, with child advocates, with social and community programs ... I think at some point, you have to just decide to turn it over.”
Green’s official retirement in September will turn the keys over to the Metro Council, which is tasked with filling her replacement.
The last time the council appointed a judge replacement was last winter when it voted to name former Councilman Mike Jameson to General Sessions Court. Jameson lost three months later in the Democratic primary to attorney Rachel Bell, who won the seat outright on Thursday.