State courts administrator resigns after 8 months in job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The administrative director of the Tennessee court system has resigned after eight months at the position.

Randy Camp began as administrative director of the courts on Jan. 1 after serving as state personnel director for three years. He filled the position vacated after Gov. Phil Bredesen named former director Cornelia A. Clark to the state Supreme Court to replace Frank F. Drowota III, who retired.

Camp said he was resigning to attend to personal matters, which he felt would prevent him from devoting proper time to his job.

"For the past several months I have been dealing with personal matters involving my family in West Tennessee," he said in a news release.

"These matters have now reached a level of complexity that will require even more of my attention over the coming weeks, perhaps months."

Elizabeth Sykes, the deputy director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, will serve as interim director.

Sykes served as interim director before Camp was named as Clark's successor. The director's responsibilities include overseeing a staff of 84 in the Administrative Office of the Courts and managing a $94 million statewide budget for trial and appellate courts.