Sykes To Retire From Tennessee Administrative Office Of The Courts

Monday, August 26, 2013

After seven years leading the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts and 27 years in state government, Elizabeth (Libby) Sykes has announced she will retire by the end of the year.

“Libby Sykes has enjoyed a remarkable career in her service to the State of Tennessee, especially during her tenure as administrative director of the Courts,” said Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade.

 “By her remarkable competence and caring manner, she and her staff have earned the respect and admiration of the entire Judicial Branch of government. “

Libby joined the AOC in 1995 and was appointed deputy director in 1999. The Supreme Court named her administrative director in 2006. The AOC provides administrative and technical support as well as training to judges throughout the state of Tennessee. Sykes directs a staff of more than 75 people and a budget of $130 million that funds courts and indigent defense. Prior to joining the AOC, Libby worked for the Tennessee Department of Corrections and was executive director of the Sentencing Commission.

“It has been a privilege to serve the judiciary of Tennessee,” Sykes said. “This is a truly honorable group of people that I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from over many years.”

Sykes is a graduate of Austin Peay State University and she earned her juris doctorate from the University of Memphis.

Sykes and her husband, Tommy Murphy, live in Clarksville. Tommy retired from the Clarksville Streets Department last year. The couple plan to spend some time traveling and Libby said she will be looking for opportunities to serve the community in other capacities, such as volunteer work, in her retirement.

“The people of Tennessee, and especially the judges of our state, could not have asked for a more dedicated public servant.  During her remaining months in office, Libby's primary responsibility will be to help find the best possible successor to what I consider to be the most demanding position in the judiciary,” Wade said.

The director of the Administrative Office of the Courts is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

 


Partnership FCA Announces Thrift Store Grand Opening

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults announced the Grand Opening of a retail store, Partnership FCA Thrift and Consignment. The store opens  Aug. 30  and is located at 301-D Martin Luther King Boulevard. The grand opening will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and reception at  11 a.m.  on  Tuesday, Aug. 30 . Regular business hours will ... (click for more)

Todd Gaither Receives Certified Long-Term Care Designation

Todd Gaither, a financial advisor with Tandem Financial Partners, of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., has been awarded a professional designation in the field of long-term care, Certified in Long-Term Care. The program is independent of the insurance industry and is designed to provide financial service professionals with expertise and tools to address long-term care planning ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Firefighters Locate Lost Hiker At Rainbow Falls Trail Area

Signal Mountain firefighters located a lost hiker at the Rainbow Falls Trail area on Saturday afternoon. At 5:35 p.m. , Signal Mountain firefighters responded to 300 Ohio Ave. regarding a female hiker lost on the trails. At 5:45 p.m. , fire officials on the scene reported rescue teams entered the woods and hiked about one mile on the trail until they made physical contact ... (click for more)

Retired Police Chief Freeman Cooper Awarded Top Law Enforcement Honor

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police held its 2016 Annual Conference in Chattanooga.  This year’s Joe Casey Award went to Retired Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper. The award was presented by TACP Past President and Retired Metro Nashville Police Chief Joe Casey to Chief Cooper in the company of police chiefs and dignitaries from across the ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (2)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Gold & Ivory Tablecloth

Not long ago, in my morning reading, I happened across an obscure tale about a special tablecloth. And, as things like this are more and more wont to do, I was instantly blessed by this story. As I tracked down its origin, I learned it originally appeared in a 1954 edition of Reader’s Digest. Written by the Rev. Howard C. Schade, who at the time was the pastor of the First Reformed ... (click for more)