Ms. Cramer’s announcement came the same day that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted for a new unified justice system computer system, a project that Ms. Cramer and other court officials had sought for most of the past decade.
The decision to leave, however, had been in the making for some time, Ms. Cramer said.
“This is a decision that I had been struggling with for nearly a year,” Ms. Cramer said. Ms. Cramer, who last year earned a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, said she will be seeking a position as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Chief Superior Court Judge Cynthia D. Wright praised Ms. Cramer’s devotion to the Court.
“Judy has invested countless hours to help this Court create new programs and obtain the technology necessary to serve our citizens,” Chief Judge Wright said. “I am particularly happy that one of the initiatives she has labored for over the last 10 years is now just a few steps away from becoming a reality after today’s Board of Commissioners’ vote.”
“We wish Ms. Cramer success in her new ventures and thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her tireless efforts,” Chief Judge Wright said.
Ms. Cramer began her court career at the local Common Pleas Court in Montgomery County, Ohio, where she was asked to develop and direct a 12-County correctional institution for adult male and felony offenders. In 1982, she became the Court Administrator for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas where she served until 1993. After operating a successful Weed and Seed crime reduction program in Tampa, Fl., Ms. Cramer joined the Fulton Superior Court as court administrator in 1997.
Ms. Cramer was instrumental in establishing and managing a number of innovative programs at the Fulton Superior Court that streamline and enhance the administration of criminal and civil cases.
The court was the first in Georgia to have fulltime Family Court judges who hear divorces and other family law matters so they are not delayed by criminal cases. The Court also operates Georgia’s largest and most ambitious Drug and Mental Health Court programs which greatly reduce the incident of repeat crimes by defendants.
The Fulton Superior Court Business Division, which was recognized in 2009 as the most innovative business court in the nation by the National Association of County Executives, is credited with enhancing Atlanta’s position as a business hub in the Southeast.