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Review Board Complains About Juvenile Court Clerk


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Davidson County's Foster Care Review recently complained in a letter about Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver.

The board depends on juvenile files to track kids through the system.

The board contends foster children are being left in limbo because important files on their future have been misplaced or lost or damaged.

"And make sure that children are treated fairly and that they are exiting custody as fast and as appropriately as possible," said Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green.

But some files have been missing.

The review board contends Lineweaver hasn't demonstrated a sense of urgency in securing the files. The board also suggested his staff appeared to lack any understanding of the necessity in securing the files in a timely fashion.

This is the latest complaint against Lineweaver.

Last year, a juvenile court referee had him arrested for failing to provide files in a timely fashion.

Lineweaver said things would improve and that appeared to be the case until now.

Lineweaver declined to comment and referred media requests for an interview to his lawyer. 

Lineweaver responded in a letter to the review board's complaint. Lineweaver believes someone is unfairly out to get him.

"It causes me great consternation to think that this is possibly an example of a simple mistake that is being politicized to cause embarrassment for the clerk's office," Lineweaver wrote.

"We're still having very defensive postures taken by the clerk's office about why this is happening.  I don't know if I care why it's happening. I just want it fixed," Green said.

She shares the courthouse with the clerk's office. She appoints the Foster Care Review Board and said they need the files to do their job.

"So you're talking about files of children whose lives are in the hands of the state of Tennessee," she said.

Green said things have improved in the office since Lineweaver hired former councilman Julius Sloss as operations director.

When a foster child files is missing, Green said, this can delay a child receiving services. It could also slow the process to remove a child from a home and delay an adoption.

Several files that were initially reported missing have been found. Lineweaver and his staff were quick to respond to the complaints.

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