Boyd, a long-time worker in the small-loan business, said he first got interested in becoming a judge when his father passed in 1990. For Boyd, the Probate Judge at the time—Judge Prescott—made the experience “amazing,” but it wasn’t until his mother passed in 1999 that he decided that he would one day run for office.
“Prescott was my friend,” he said. “I told him I would never run against him but that when he retired I was interested in the position.”
Not long after, he received a call from Prescott and started his campaign. For Boyd, his position as the Probate Judge has allowed him to help people every day. Comparing the position to working in the ministry, Boyd stated that he never once dreaded going into work.
Speaking of the small loan business, he said, “It was a way for me to support my family, but I didn’t like it. I only liked
Long-time Troup County Probate Judge Donald Boyd is retiring after eighteen years. Boyd, who has held the position since 2000, plans to retire early to help the county avoid having a special election. Debbie Wade, the current associate judge, will take his place. Judge Donald Boyd to Retire After Eighteen Years
giving them the money, but I didn’t like the collections part.” Saying that he just wants to help people,” Boyd added that the Probate Judge position helped him make a difference in others’ lives. “I really, really, really love what I do,” he added.
On whether he will take a Senior Judge position, Boyd is still undecided. The position would allow him to fill in for other judges if they were unable to serve for some reason— such as if they needed to recuse themselves from a case.
Boyd’s retirement comes after a series of health problems that started in the summer of June 2016. Diagnosed with bladder cancer, Boyd was able to win the battle but noted that due to that and other health problems, he was out more than he would have liked. Despite improving health, Boyd made plans to retire this year, but a new law expedited the process. The law is designed to help the county avoid costly runoff elections, and by retiring before the end of the year, Boyd helps preclude a run-off election.
For now, he looks forward to his upcoming retirement and is excited to take his grandchildren fishing and dedicate more time to his family.
Troup County News thanks Judge Boyd for his eighteen years of service and wishes him the best in retirement.
The author of this article can be reached at via email at jboggs@troupcountynews. net.