Suzanne Bailey Retiring As Juvenile Court Judge At The End Of April

Friday, February 1, 2013
Judge Suzanne Bailey
Judge Suzanne Bailey

Suzanne Bailey plans to retire as Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge at the end of April.

County Commission Chairman Larry Henry said Judge Bailey called him to advise him of the retirement.

In her letter to the County Commission Chairman Judge Bailey said, “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the children, families and citizens of Hamilton County for the past 30 years. As times change for the children of our community as well as our struggle to meet their needs, so has the time come for me to retire and pass the responsibility for the abused, dependent and delinquent coming through our court to the next generation.  This is to advise of my retirement as Hamilton County Juvenile Judge effective April 30, 2013.

  This should provide sufficient time for me to conclude cases I have already started as well as that needed by the Commission to receive applications, interview candidates and select a replacement for my position.”

Since it will be in mid-term, it will be up to the County Commission to appoint a successor to serve until the election in 2014.

Chairman Henry said Judge Bailey, 63, stated she will be focusing on clearing out her docket until the end of April.

He said she has some health issues and wants to be closer to her son, who lives in Mobile.

Chairman Henry said, "Judge Bailey will be sorely missed. Her shoes will be hard to fill. I don't know if they can be filled."

He said, "She has a real heart and passion for her job. It goes beyond the courtroom."

He added, "She is a fine person. I've known her for a long time. I knew her husband, and her son and my son went to Sewanee together. She swore me in the last three times."

A native of Columbia, Tn., Judge Bailey gained her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University. She obtained her law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1975, then came to Chattanooga to practice law. Juvenile Court Judge Dixie Smith appointed her a referee in Juvenile Court in 1982.

When Judge Smith retired, she ran for the post and was elected in 1990. 

Juvenile Court Magistrates are Bruce Owens, Troy McDougal and Elizabeth Gentzler. Child Support Magistrates are Kathy Clark, Emma Andrews and Chris Gott.

The judge in Juvenile Court makes $156,789.

Judge Suzanne Bailey
Judge Suzanne Bailey

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, BARRY MALONE  2060 JACKSON STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37405  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ANDERS, LAWRENCE DUPREE  3204 RIVERSIDE DR. CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: ... (click for more)

Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Anderson). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: (None) VI. Ordinances – First Reading: ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT a. An ordinance amending Chattanooga City Code, Part II, ... (click for more)

The City I Used To Know

“They Dead”, the innocent young voice said as tears began streaming from my eyes.  Foolishness that didn’t involve him snatched away his childhood in the blink of an eye.  Why?  Why has my city become known more for gangs and violence than the River Front, Lookout Mountain, and a fun little theme park?  What happened to hot summers at Lake Winnie, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Stick Of Dynamite

You may have seen the Tennessee Legislature jumped on the bandwagon to send “an atomic bomb” to Washington this week. The “bomb” makes Tennessee the fifth state to adopt a Convention of the States Project that will hopefully limit the power and the jurisdiction of federal government. The official wording is “to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy, Bradley Advance To State Duals Finals

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – It will be an all Region 4 finals for the championship of the Class AAA State Duals here at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park Saturday night. As was the case during Friday’s opening rounds, the Bradley Bears and the Soddy Daisy Trojans kept winning in Saturday’s semifinals.   The Bears improved to 24-2 with a methodical 42-34 win over ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Eliminated At State Duals

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The State Duals wrestling tournament was a brief and not very memorable experience for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame got sent to the losers bracket on Friday following a 50-point loss to Red Bank and the Irish were eliminated first thing Saturday morning following a 61-18 loss to Greeneville. Greeneville won the first two matches with pins ... (click for more)