It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Sumner County the past 31 plus years as General Sessions Division II and Juvenile Court Judge.
There comes a day when it is time to change courses. Due to health concerns and to have the time to relax and do the things I have put off, I will be retiring as of Dec. 29, 2017.
There have been so very many people and organizations that have helped the juvenile court work. I wish I could name every single person, but would leave someone out and I do not want to do that. I want to say thank you to the staff, board of directors and volunteers of CASA. You have truly been my eyes and ears on many cases. I thank all the workers of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, for their dedication to the children of Sumner County.
I want to say thank you to the foster care boards who have given so much of their time and love helping those juveniles in state's custody. I want to thank my fellow judges, clerks of the court, detention workers, Sumner County Sheriff and the Police Departments throughout Sumner County, the county commission and my fellow county officials both present and past for the care and support they have always given me. I thank the attorneys who work very hard in my court to protect and guide the youth in our county.
I want to thank my siblings and my children for putting up with me throughout the many years. I especially want to thank and applaud my office family. We have seen the best and some of the worst of humanity. We have tried our best on each and every case to better the lives of the children and families that have been before us.
Over the years, we have shared laughter and tears, marriages and divorces, birth and death and dreams and regrets. I will miss you very, very much. I love each and every one of you.
Again, citizens of Sumner County thank you for allowing me to serve this county over the years.
Barry R. Brown, Judge