Former Superior Court Judge Theodore Z. Davis, who played a major role in the resurgence of the Camden as their chief operating officer, has died. He was 86.
Davis began his public service career as an assistant city solicitor and municipal court judge, and as an assistant Camden County prosecutor.
Gov. Brendan Byrne nominated Davis to serve as a Superior Court Judge in 1981, and became presiding judge of the Chancery Division in 1991. He retired in 2003.
Davis was appointed Camden COO by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2007 and left two years later.
“Judge Davis leaves a legacy of service for the city he was born in and loved. He brought supreme competence and integrity to every endeavor, never seeking recognition or praise, and always with a trademark mix of seriousness and kindness that endeared him to everyone he knew,” said Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden). “Above all, Judge Davis was a gentleman who treated all people with compassion and respect and inspired others to do the same.”
Norcross gave Davis credit laying the groundwork of Camden’s progress over the last few years.
“Judge Davis serves as an example to us all for constantly demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and integrity,” said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Judge Davis taught us all what it truly meant to serve our fellow citizens and give something back to our community.”