After nearly 30 years working with Hamilton County children through the juvenile court, Judge Suzanne Bailey today confirmed she will retire.
Juvenile Court Judge since her 1990 election and previous eight-year court referee, Bailey said in a news release this morning that she will step down in April.
The Hamilton County Commission has the duty to appoint her replacement. That person will hold the position until the August 2014 election.
The Times Free Press reported Bailey’s retirement on its website Friday through multiple sources. Bailey did not respond for comment at the time.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the children, families and citizens of Hamilton County for the past 30 years,” Bailey wrote.
The judge plans to use the time between today and April 30 to conclude active cases under her authority.
“As times change for the children of our community as well as out 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,” she wrote.
For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
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