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Judge Stutler Retires

Judge Larry Stutler

Judge Larry Stutler

Friends, colleagues and well-wishers were on hand on the third floor of the county courthouse to pay their respects to Judge Larry Stutler Thursday afternoon, as he was officially retiring as Prowers County Judge on June 30th.

Judge Stutler Retirement Party 2016 (2)

Stutler said he came to Lamar in 1975 to do a clerkship with George McLachlan and was later hired back as an attorney. “I came back in 1976 and was with that firm for a number of years. I also practiced with Stan Brinkley and then went on my own in 1993. Shortly thereafter, in 1995, I got a judgeship in the County and have been at that ever since.”

Joe Giadone Speaking with Attorney John Lefferdink at Retirement Party

Joe Giadone Speaking with Attorney John Lefferdink at Retirement Party

Asked if he could pass along any one item that would assist incoming Judge Lane Porter who is scheduled to be sworn in as his replacement, Judge Stutler replied, “I think you just have to not take yourself too seriously and exercise some patience which is difficult to do on certain days. I think Lane is a good selection, he’ll do a good job.”

Stutler’s future plans include spending time with some family members in Arizona and watching a few baseball games. He capped his career with a simple reflection, “I think being a judge is what I had always wanted to do, as you go along you learn the ropes, and then you never stop learning. There’s something new every day, I enjoyed that part of it.”
By Russ Baldwin

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