Judge Rob Philyaw announced his intention to continue serving the citizens of Hamilton County as Juvenile Court judge. He will be on the ballot in the Republican primary to be held on May 6, 2014.
He was named to the post by the County Commission after Judge Suzanne Bailey stepped down.
The statement said, "In his time on the Juvenile Court bench, he has had the opportunity to see first-hand the remarkable difference that is being made in the lives of children and has had the behind-the-scenes, birds-eye view of the remarkable employees within Juvenile Court that help to make a difference every day.
Judge Philyaw and his staff are working with the community on several new endeavors, but he remains focused on the basics: reducing the time children spend in foster care, ensuring mandatory attendance laws are followed in our schools, and getting teenagers off of the streets after midnight."
Judge Philyaw and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Kathy C. Philyaw, reside in Signal Mountain. They have two children, a freshman at Signal Mountain High School and a freshman at UTC. Judge Philyaw received B.S and M.B.A. degrees from Christian Brothers University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Law School. He is a current member of the Chattanooga Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Judicial Conference, and the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Law Judges. Prior to serving as the judge of the Juvenile Court, he served as a municipal judge and had a diverse law practice. Judge Philyaw has attended the National Judicial College and the Tennessee Judicial Academy.
Serving as treasurer for the Friends of Judge Philyaw is Robert L. Stewart, senior vice president at FSG Bank.