Pape listed several reasons as to why this was the right time for him to retire, but he said he hoped to remain active in the juvenile court system.
“I will be 65 years old on Jan. 3, and I have basically maxed out on my retirement benefits with the state,” Pape said. “There is no incentive because county employees have not had a raise in five years.”
Pape, who is the father of three adult sons, also said he will be able to do something for himself.
“I’ve never been able to travel,” Pape said. “I want to go around and absorb the beauty of this nation.”
Pape will have two years left on his term when he resigns. His successor will be picked by the Floyd County Superior Court judges.
Pape said he is the only elected Juvenile Court judge in Georgia and has served in that post full time since 1990 after serving part time beginning in 1982.
According to a information provided by Pape:
Pape has been active in community programs for children. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth, the YMCA, Communities in Schools, and the Child Abuse Protocol Committee. He is on the Advisory Councils to Georgians for Children, the Exchange Club Family Resource Center, and the Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center (Harbor House).
He is past president of the Rome Breakfast Optimist Club, past president of the Rome Bar Association, and a 1986 Leadership Rome graduate. Judge Pape serves on the Board of Directors of the Floyd Training and Service Center. His other memberships include Oostanaula Lodge No. 113 F&AM, the Rome Exchange Club, the Rome and Georgia Bar Associations, and Leadership Rome Alumni Association.