A Lincoln County
judge ordered some local agencies to appear in court today, but it wasn't for
For the last 13 years, Judge Glenn
Hartley has sat on the bench. But Friday, he did that for the last time.
"It was a great time, you learned a
lot, but life goes on and you'll do something else," Hartley said.
But not before having some fun. In
an "official" court document, the judge ordered several court officials, police
and sheriff's officers to the courtroom.
But it wasn't to testify, it was for
his retirement party.
The judge ordered his well-wishers
to appear for food, drinks and conversation.
"He was a very funny guy. He was
serious on the stand but you always had time for humor between cases," Lt.
Grant Peterson with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said.
But not everyone obeyed the order.
Judge Hartley's court officer couldn't make it. But he sure came up with plenty
"He gave all the reasons we've all
heard in here—like the dog was sick, the car broke down, my ride didn't show
up," Hartley said.
As for retirement, Hartley says it's
simply time to move on.
"I'll do some fishing, ride my
motorcycle. I will probably eventually do a few more things in the legal area,
I just don't know what yet," Hartley said.
"He's dedicated his life, not only
to the community, but also to law in general," Hartley's son Grant said.
Over the years, Judge Hartley says
not everyone has been his biggest fan, but that's part of the job.
"People understand when they come in
that they're going to get a sentence or punishment," Hartley said.
"Great dad, great lawyer, great
judge," Grant Hartley said.
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