Chief State Court Judge Linda S. Cowen told The Clayton Crescent Thursday that she will retire as of December 31.
Cowen said she was considering a senior judgeship, which would allow her to come back and help out as needed, but that she is ready to take a break and enjoy her family. In particular, Cowen said she wants to spend more time with her adult son who has severe autism. She also has a son in college.
Cowen, the first woman to preside as judge in Clayton County State Court, was appointed in December 1995. In 2006, she helped found the Clayton County DUI/Drug Court program. Cowen also was elected president of the Council of State Court Judges in 2013. That organization named her the winner of the Ogden Doremus/Kent Lawrence Award in 2014.
According to law.com, Cowen sent her written resignation to Gov. Brian Kemp on July 1:
Cowen appeared on The Real Story with Robin Kemp at the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. She talked about holding trial by YouTube Live, accountability courts as crimefighting tools, mental health, homeless people at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and her election campaign.. You can listen to the interview here:
Listen to Cowen answer questions from the Clayton County Young Democrats during the 2020 campaign:
Because Cowen has two more years on her current term, that would allow Kemp to appoint her replacement. Nominations are due today, with applications due by October 7.
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