Judge Sandra Donaghy has been re-elected to a second term in the 10th Judicial District as your Criminal Court Judge for Bradley, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk Counties. She is a proven, disciplined, and respected, conservative jurist. Sandra was first elected in 2014. She has practiced as a judge, a prosecutor, a public defender, and in private practice.
Since 2014 and through the start of the Covid-19 restrictions, she decreased her backlog by 9%. Judge Donaghy has, in conjunction with Judge Freiberg, resolved over 15,000 cases.
She has made a difference in the lives of citizens and made the system more effective by recruiting multi-disciplinary teams to start a Veterans Treatment Court and obtaining state funding for a Criminal Justice Liaison for a recovery court called the “ROCS docket” (Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy). Both of these initiatives assess offenders for mental health and/or addiction treatment needs and the court holds them accountable. These successful programs get offenders help, restore those involved to productive roles in society, and save our counties thousands of dollars.
Her future goals for the Criminal Court are to continue to reduce the case backlog, expand the treatment courts, and give every defendant a fair and equitable day in court while earnestly protecting the rights of victims. These goals require a well-seasoned judge.
Sandra and her husband, Bob, live in Cleveland. Bob is a retired Army Major who served 28-years of active, reserve, and national guard duty as a field artillery officer and enlisted soldier. When they lived in Athens, he was the Chief Engineer at Heil Trailer. He is also a retired teacher from the Walker Valley High School math department.
Sandra is a proud stepmother of two adult children and has seven precious grandchildren. Sandra and Bob are active members of First United Methodist Church in Cleveland. Sandra has held various church leadership positions, is a District Delegate to Annual Conference, and is a certified lay speaker. She also loves singing in the choir.
Judge Donaghy is active on the board of the Cleveland 100 and teaches at the Cleveland State Police Academy. She is an animal lover and walks Parker every night on the greenway.
Judge Donaghy says, “Thank you for entrusting me to serve as your Criminal Court Judge for another eight years. I am humbled by the confidence the voters have placed in me by an overwhelming victory on May 3, 2022. Please continue to pray for me as I serve another term.”