CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Clarksville City Judge Charles W. Smith was recently honored for the role he played as an officer and founding member of the Tennessee Municipal Judges’ Association, the precursor to the Tennessee Municipal Judges’ Conference.
Smith was presented the Sharon G. Lee Award of Excellence -- the highest honor granted by the organization -- at the 2019 Annual Tennessee Municipal Court Judges’ Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park. Named in honor of Justice Lee, a member of Tennessee Supreme Court, the award recognizes a municipal judge who has provided exemplary judicial service and furthered the goals of the conference.
Justice Lee explained why Smith was the obvious choice: "Judge Smith has served as Clarksville’s Municipal Court Judge for almost two decades with honor and distinction. He was a moving force behind the creation of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Association. His vision, determination, and efforts were the foundation for the creation of the Association."
When Clarksville elected Smith almost 20 years ago, the new judge sought a network for learning and sharing best practices among municipal judges. Thanks to a grant obtained by Gallatin Judge Connie Kittrell and the enthusiastic efforts of some of judges across the state, the Tennessee Municipal Judges' Association was formed.
Judge Smith told the conference he felt privileged and grateful to receive the award.
"I am honored to have played a very small role in the founding of the organization," Judge Charles Smith said. "The rest is history -- and now more than 200 cities enjoy the benefits, as their municipal judges are members of the TMJC. This is where we share best judicial practices, receive legislative and legal updates, and learn from experts in the field.”
Judge Charles Smith may be reached by phone at 931-624-9200.
Justice Sharon G. Lee, left, presented the Sharon G. Lee Award of Excellence to Clarksville Judge Charles Smith, right, at the 2019 Annual Tennessee Municipal Court Judges.