County Court Judge Carlton Clark of Lexington, has put in his retirement notice after serving more than twelve years on the bench.
He submitted his notice to the governor setting his last day for
In a letter to Chief Justice Mike Heavican, Clark noted, "I have enjoyed the honor of serving as County Judge of the 11th Judicial District and especially Dawson and Gosper County courts. I will miss working with the dedicated and talented magistrates and staff of both these courts."
Judge Clark took the bench in February 2000 and was retained by area voters in both 2004 and 2010.
Judge Clark has been very active in the Nebraska Supreme Court ‘Through the Eyes of the Child' Initiative as lead judge for Team 1 in the 11th District.
He recently made news with his distribution of comic and coloring books to children who attend court hearings in his area. Clark has actively encouraged the distribution of these new items saying, "The booklets create an opportunity for children to enjoy a familiar activity and relieve some of the stress a child may feel coming to court."
The first step in replacing Judge Clark will be for the Judicial Resources Commission to call a meeting to determine whether or not, based on judicial workload statistics, his retirement creates a vacancy in the 11th Judicial District.