Sophia Crawford will be the new Davidson County Juvenile Court judge after winning the Metro Council’s approval Tuesday night.
Crawford, who currently serves as a Judicial Court magistrate, initially received 18 votes, beating magistrates Carlton Lewis and Sheila Calloway, who received 11 and nine votes respectively. In a run-off, Crawford defeated Lewis by a vote of 25 to 13.
Her victory comes despite the fact that it was Calloway who received the most recommendations in a survey of 560 members of the Nashville Bar Association. Crawford will replace former Judge Betty Adams Green, who retired from the post last month.
The council also narrowly passed on second reading, a proposal that would end Metro’s policy of offering former two-term council members the opportunity to participate in the city’s health care plan for life.
There are 24 current council members and 33 former council members currently participating in the plan, according to Metro’s Human Resources Department. The total cost for current and former members is approximately $550,000 annually.
The proposal, which passed without discussion by a vote of 19-17, will be put to a final vote at the council’s next meeting, on Nov. 13.
In other business:
The council gave final approval to a rezoning ordinance that will permit a new office building in the Burton Hills office park, in Green Hills. The proposal drew a large crowd for a public hearing two weeks ago, with supporters — mostly developers and lobbyists — arguing that the development would bring jobs and neighborhood opponents expressing concerns, primarily about traffic. The council, however, approved the proposal Tuesday with no discussion.