Judge Donna Scott Davenport to Retire in September of 2022


Judge Donna Scott Davenport will not seek re-election for Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge and will retire at the end of her elected term.

Judge Davenport was appointed to the Rutherford County Juvenile Court in 1999 as Referee and then elected as Judge in 2000. She was the first female judge to serve in Rutherford County and the first independent Juvenile Court Judge by private act.

Judge Davenport was re-elected in 2006 and then again in 2014 for eight year terms.

During her tenure as Judge, Rutherford County became only one of twelve courts across the state to receive a Safe Baby Court designation and is the only program in the state that is non-custodial.

Rutherford County is also the only county in the state to participate in the national pilot program, Family Preservation Initiative, which uses multidisciplinary teams and a holistic approach using evidence-based, individualized trauma-informed treatment for children, parents, and caregivers.

Judge Davenport, in announcing her retirement, states, “After prayerful thought and talking with my family, I have decided not to run for re-election after serving more than twenty-two years on the bench. I will always look back at my time as Judge as one of the greatest honors of my life and I am so proud of what this Court has accomplished in the last two decades and how it has positively affected the lives of young people and families in Rutherford County. I wish my successor the best and hope that this job provides them the same fulfillment it has provided me over the years.”

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