County Court Judge Carlton Clark of Lexington, Nebraska, recently submitted his notice of retirement to the Governor indicating his plan to step down December 31, 2012, after more than twelve years on the bench.
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.”
After taking the bench in February 2000, Judge Clark was retained in his position 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.” In mid-August Judge Clark also hosted Nebraska’s Chief Justice for an “Eyes of the Child” Initiative team meeting at the courthouse in Lexington. Several local attorneys, Health and Human Services System workers and court staff attended along with Chief Justice Heavican.
Photo: Judge Carlton Clark (Lexington) talks with fellow 11th Judicial District County Court judge, Ed Steenburg (Ogallala) during August 2012 Childrens’ Summit in Kearney, Nebraska.