Judge Belinda Folds Griffin has announced her retirement from the position of Crisp County Probate Court judge as of March 15, 2013.
Judge Griffin began her career in the probate court in 1978 when she was appointed as a clerk to the late Judge Elizabeth H. Westbrook. She served as clerk for seven years.
Following Judge Westbrook’s death, Griffin was elected in a special election in October, 1985. When she took office, Griffin was the youngest probate judge in the State of Georgia. She has continued to serve the Crisp County Probate Court since 1985 and was most recently re-elected in 2012 to a 4-year term.
During her tenure, Griffin has served as president of the Southwest Georgia Probate Judges Association, and she has been active in the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges (the GCPCJ), where she served on a number of committees, including the Legislative and Traffic Committees.
Griffin served as a member and chair of the Probate Courts Training Council and has been assigned over the years to mentor several newly elected probate judges.
In 2008 she was recognized by the GCPCJ for her service to the council. In announcing her retirement, Griffin says, "Recent events have brought home to me the need to be more accessible to my family in times of need. There is no assistant or associate judge in the probate court, and the responsibilities of serving as the sole judge have made responding to outside events extremely difficult.
“My years of service with Crisp County have allowed me the option of retiring and pursuing a career change which will allow me to better meet the needs of my family." An interim successor will be appointed by Chief Superior Court Judge John C. Pridgen, followed by a special election in which the voters will choose their new judge.
Judge Griffin thanks her staff for their invaluable assistance and support and expresses her deepest appreciation to the citizens of Crisp County for the confidence shown by allowing her to serve as judge of the Probate Court for the past 27 years.