Judge Gene Hamilton announces resignation

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 11:31 a.m. CST
Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton swears in a witness during the trial of Damon Williams in November 2009 at the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia. Hamilton announced his resignation Thursday, which will be effective March 26.

COLUMBIA — Judge Gene Hamilton will resign as presiding judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit, he announced Thursday in a news release.

He will resign as presiding judge March 26 and will retire as a circuit judge effective June 30.


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Hamilton was first elected circuit judge in 1982 and has been the presiding judge since September 2002.

In his time as a circuit judge, Hamilton presided over more than 500 jury trials, including 50 homicide trials, according to the release.

Hamilton was a prosecuting attorney in Callaway County from 1970 to 1980.

Hamilton is a graduate of the class on arbitration and mediation at the MU School of Law, and he intends to continue work in arbitration and mediation after he retires.

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