Avery Patton is the newly sworn in director of operations at the Juvenile County Clerk’s Office where he will oversee the daily operations of the Juvenile Court under the leadership of also newly shown in Juvenile Court Clerk Lionel Matthews, Jr. Both were sworn in on September 6 by Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court Sheila Calloway.
Director of Operations Patton is a native Nashvillian raised in North Nashville’s Cumberland View Housing, also known as ‘Dodge City.’ Avery Patton graduated from Glencliff High School where he was an ‘All NIL’ and AA-State Basketball player. He received a scholarship to attend Trevecca University where he became a First Team All-American and was drafted to play in the CBA professional league by the Albany Patroons. Patton graduated from Trevecca with a B.S. degree in education and psychology.
In 1996 Patton, along with 11 other men from North Nashville, established the Dirty Dozen Men’s Organization. The group started off as a social group that still is involved in the community.
But as time went on Patton had the vision to take the organization in another direction. Avery felt that since the organization had such a positive impact, they could use this platform to express concerns regarding our youth and issues that plague the urban community getting more people involved. He is in the Metro schools two times a week mentoring young males in a program called ‘Rites Of Passage–Boyz to Men,’ an 18-week program. Patton also coaches basketball at East Nashville Magnet High School.
Patton was employed for 30 years at the Assessor’s Office where he was an appraiser, training coordinator, fleet coordinator, and safety coordinator. He is married to his lovely, devoted wife Adrena. Together they have three beautiful daughters: Whitney, Briara, and Paige. They also have a grandson name Cameron. Patton has received countless awards for his efforts and contributions in the community mentoring departments. His various dedications, reliability, compassion and love for his city are evident.
“I don’t see myself as a mere civil servant or an operations clerk,” said Patton, “but more so a catalyst to serve God’s youngest people—as a man of God that will make a difference in the lives of the few. They are His chosen population designated to make a variable difference in this world.”