AOC Director Sykes Announces Retirement

After seven years leading the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and 27 years in state government, Elizabeth “Libby” Sykes has announced she will retire by the end of the year. Sykes joined the AOC in 1995 and was appointed deputy director in 1999. The Supreme Court named her administrative director in 2006. Prior to joining the AOC, Sykes worked for the Tennessee Department of Corrections and was executive director of the Sentencing Commission. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. “Libby Sykes has enjoyed a remarkable career in her service to the State of Tennessee, especially during her tenure as administrative director of the Courts,” said Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade. “The people of Tennessee, and especially the judges of our state, could not have asked for a more dedicated public servant,” Wade continued. During her remaining months in office, Sykes will focus on identifying her successor. The AOC has more about Sykes' decision.