1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?
I was appointed Judge as the unanimous choice of a 15-member selection committee and the Memphis City Council after Judge Earnestine Hunt-Dorse retired. I have over 30 years of experience both as a defense lawyer and prosecutor. For 16 years, I was the Chief City Prosecutor in the very court where I now sit as Judge. I served on the Shelby County School Board 8 years, elected chair 2014-2016. I resigned the same day I was sworn as judge. Prior to that, I served as a senior trial attorney & supervisor in the Shelby County Public Defender Office for 15 years. My entire legal career has been dedicated to representing and advocating for average citizens. . As Judge, I make sure citizens enter a courtroom where the process is fair. Citizens deserve a Judge who has the experience to listen to the evidence, be familiar with the law, and be compassionate as the facts and circumstances dictate. I am that Judge, a public servant who knows the law, is honest, fair and a person of integrity
2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?
The top two issued facing City Court Judges are:
1. Lack of resources and technology to address heavy dockets and provide alternative ways to resolve tickets.
2. Lack of access to other government databases, which would allow citizens to resolve issues without going to another agency
3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?
I listen to citizens on a daily basis. Many citizens want to explain facts and circumstances surrounding the issuance of violations. I always allow them to explain and I ask questions to determine if our process is fair and accessible to the average person. I often seek their input and when issues with our process are identified, I don't hesitate to convene a meeting with courtroom personnel to identify a solution. I also take time to explain the court process and answer any questions they might have. I want to know what changes might improve their experience. I have always involved citizens and will continue to do so. I respect their opinion and I need to understand their expectations and challenges in order to make the best decision possible, while following the law.