On Friday, veteran Hamilton County deputy court clerk Richard Darwin will enter his final judgment into the computer for General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon.
Mr. Darwin has served as bench clerk for Judge Moon for more than 14 years. After 45 years of public service, including 30 years as a deputy court clerk for the City Court of Chattanooga, Mr. Darwin is retiring.
The veteran clerk said, "I am looking forward to it. I have many projects around the house to complete. I am also looking forward to spending time with the grandkids."
Judge Moon said, "I have been privileged to work with one of the very best clerks who has ever served the people in Hamilton County. Richard, is unquestionably one of the most experienced, qualified and dedicated public servants in all of county government. He has given a great deal of his life and time to the citizens of Hamilton County and to the courts.
"I will miss his good work, his friendship and loyalty, but he deserves a good long rest. I wish him and his wife, Phyllis, and their family all the best."
He said Criminal Court Clerk Gwen Tidwell will appoint a replacement bench clerk to fill the vacancy.
Judge Moon said, "Gwen has demonstrated sound discretion in the past in assigning bench clerks. I have no doubt that she will continue to appoint the most experienced, compatible and qualified personnel for this very important position."
A special ceremony for Mr. Darwin will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday in Courtroom 6. Chattanooga City Court Judge Sherry Paty, County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Mayor Ron Littlefield and Judge Moon will make special presentations to Mr. Darwin. Friends and family are invited.