Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green Announces Retirement

August 6, 2012

From the Tennessean
By: Bobby Allyn

Judge Betty Adams Green announced her retirement today, closing a 14-year stretch on the Davidson County Juvenile bench.

“After 47 years, it’s just the right time,” Green said, adding that she’s looking forward to spending time with her eight grandchildren. “And I’ll even have some time to some volunteer work, which I haven’t had the time to do in years.”

Green, 66, started her career as a teacher at an all-girls correction school in Tullahoma, Tenn., and over the following four decades, she worked with disadvantaged and at-risk youth in a range of capacities.

Notably, she worked with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth before she was appointed by Gov. Lamar Alexander as secretary of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She also worked as assistant district attorney in Nashville in the mid-1980s assigned to the juvenile court. She was elected judge in 1998.

In a statement, Mayor Karl Dean said Green has “managed the court with a firm, objective and compassionate hand.”

Calling her “a tireless advocate for young people,” Davidson County’s Juvenile Court said her retirement is effective Sept. 17.

The Metro Council will appoint Green’s replacement, and the next election to fill her position will be held in 2014.